Standard Operating Procedures and Technology innovation

Through the National Environmental Science Program, we have lead the development of an Australia wide Standard Operating Procedure for Baited Remote Underwater stereo-Video methods, an established methodology for non-destructive monitoring of of fish populations used by all state and federal agencies. We have worked with stereo-BRUV methods for many years, and published a range of methodological studies. We have developed methods and workflows to validate data derived from stereo-video annotation software, which are being used nationally and internationally and are freely available to the research community via the Marine Sampling Field Manuals for Monitoring Australia’s Marine Waters. In addition, together with our collaborators we have demonstrated an automated and georeferenced stereo-BRUV system that can be deployed during standard commercial fishing practices and can decrease the cost of data collection by 50%.

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