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In situ target strength estimates of visually verified orange roughy


Macaulay, GJ and Kloser, RJ and Ryan, TE, In situ target strength estimates of visually verified orange roughy, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70, (1) pp. 215-222. ISSN 1054-3139 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss154


The first estimates of orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) target strength at 38 and 120 kHz with visual verification were obtained from a self-contained echosounder and video camera system affixed to a demersal trawl towed through dense aggregations of spawning orange roughy. Mean target strength estimates were obtained from 24 tracks of orange roughy containing 83 echoes. The mean target strength at 38 kHz was 52.0 dB with a 95% confidence interval of 53.3 to 50.9 dB for fish with a mean length of 33.9 cm. At 120 kHz the mean target strength was 47.9 dB (confidence interval of 48.8 to 46.4 dB). This work makes two significant advances: in situ TS measurements have been made that can be confidently attributed to orange roughy, and using a trawl to herd orange roughy past the system resolved the previously intractable problem of fish avoidance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acoustic, orange roughy, target strength, video
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Kloser, RJ (Dr Rudy Kloser)
ID Code:119540
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-08-02
Last Modified:2017-10-18

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