Surveys of deep water benthic fish and elasmobranchs using stereo-BRUVS.
Posted on 22 January 2013
The aim of this research was to characterize the structure and distribution of deepwater fish assemblages (greater than 10 m depth) outside the crest of the Ningaloo Reef and to provide information about the diversity, spatial distribution and habitat affiliation of demersal fin fishes across a range of depths and habitats within the northern section of Ningaloo Marine Park.
This field survey was planned around the outcomes of the towed video and acoustic survey undertaken by AIMS staff and FUGRO in April of 2006. The towed video and acoustic survey provided information on the distribution of benthic habitats in the area between the 15 and 100 m depth contours and allowed us to target sampling within specific habitats and depths. Within these areas a number of random samples were allocated. Sampling occurred in five areas including Mandu, Osprey and Cloates Sanctuary Zones, and Osprey and Cloates reference areas. 185 stereo-Baited Remote Underwater Video System (stereo-BRUVS) samples in total were collected.