End of 2017 Field Season


With our 2017 field work season now at a close, we will be spending the winter finalizing our new maps and analyzing C-BASS footage collected throughout the year. 


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2016 Fieldwork Season


This year has already boasted a busy field schedule with more to come through to October. Since last December, we have completed five multibeam and two C-BASS cruises. Our last two mapping excursions are scheduled for mid-August and September and the last C-BASS cruise will be in October.


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Partnering with FIO and FWRI


Our partners in this project inlcude FIO, the Florida Institute of Oceanography, and FWRI, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, both housed right next door to our offices. The two vessels used for mapping and C-BASS (imaging) surveys on the West Florida Shelf (WFS) are the R/V Weatherbird II and R/V Bellows which are commissioned though FIO. 


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Integrating Technologies


Success of this project truly relies on the integration of many different technologies. The first step is the mapping process to obtain multibeam bathymetry which requires several data streams from the echosounder, GPS, POS MV, and tidal information among others.


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Essential Habitats and their Fish Communities


After an area is mapped using to produce high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter, a subsequent cruise uses the C-BASS to image the bottom. The imagery offers data from which reef fish and sea turtle populations can be estimated as well as detailed information about habitat in the area.


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Mapping New Areas on the WFS


The C-SCAMP group at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science acquired a new multibeam system (RESON Seabat 7125) which will be used to produce extremely high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data.


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C-BASS: A Towed Camera System for Visual Reef Fish Abundance Estimates and Benthic Habitat Assessment


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Benthic Habitat Mapping

Benthic Habitat Mapping

Where are the areas of necessity?

Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter maps are ground-truthed using footage from the C-BASS and detailed habitat maps indicating essential reef fish and sea turtle habitat can then be developed.

Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology

Learn more about the instrumentation being used in this project.

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12 MARCH 2015

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Current

Research Projects


28 APR 2017

OVER 55 HOURS OF IMAGERY COLLECTED AND THREE NEW AREAS MAPPED ON THE WFS

During this seven day cruise, our crew collected imagery data southwest of the Middle Grounds in addition to the Pipeline, the Elbow and Steamboat Lumps.

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23 OCT 2016

AREA SOUTH-WEST OF THE MIDDLE GROUNDS EXTENSIVELY SURVEYED WITH C-BASS

During this seven day cruise, our crew collected imagery data southwest of the Middle Grounds in addition to the Pipeline and the Elbow.

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13 APR 2016

C-BASS, MULTIBEAM AND EK-60 USED IN TANDEM FOR MOST RECENT SURVEY CRUISE

Over the course of this seven day cruise, several objectives were met for the three different technologies which resulted in an abundance of interesting & useful data.

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21 FEB 2016

C-BASS SURVEY OF THE ELBOW AND MORE RESULTS IN ALMOST 60 HOURS OF IMAGERY

During this six day cruise, our C-BASS crew surveyed in the Elbow, along the Gulfstream Pipeline and in Steamboat Lumps.

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11 DEC 2015

THE ELBOW MAPPED WITH ULTRA-HIGH RESOLUTION MULTIBEAM SYSTEM

This was our first mapping cruise using the new RESON Seabat 7125.

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