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.

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.