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A field and video annotation guide for baited remote underwater stereo-video surveys of demersal fish assemblages


Langlois, T and Goetze, J and Bond, T and Monk, J and Abesamis, RA and Asher, J and Barrett, N and Bernard, ATF and Bouchet, PJ and Birt, MJ and Cappo, M and Currey-Randall, LM and Driessen, D and Fairclough, DV and Fullwood, LAF and Gibbons, GA and Harasti, D and Heupel, MR and Hicks, J and Holmes, TH and Huveneers, C and Ierodiaconou, D and Jordan, A and Knott, NA and Lindfield, S and Malcolm, HA and McLean, D and Meekan, M and Miller, D and Mitchell, PJ and Newman, SJ and Radford, B and Rolim, FA and Saunders, BJ and Stowar, M and Smith, ANH and Travers, MJ and Wakefield, CB and Whitmarsh, SK and Williams, J and Harvey, ES, A field and video annotation guide for baited remote underwater stereo-video surveys of demersal fish assemblages, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 11, (11) pp. 1401-1409. ISSN 2041-210X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13470


  1. Baited remote underwater stereo‐video systems (stereo‐BRUVs) are a popular tool to sample demersal fish assemblages and gather data on their relative abundance and body size structure in a robust, cost‐effective and non‐invasive manner. Given the rapid uptake of the method, subtle differences have emerged in the way stereo‐BRUVs are deployed and how the resulting imagery is annotated. These disparities limit the interoperability of datasets obtained across studies, preventing broadscale insights into the dynamics of ecological systems.
  2. We provide the first globally accepted guide for using stereo‐BRUVs to survey demersal fish assemblages and associated benthic habitats.
  3. Information on stereo‐BRUVs design, camera settings, field operations and image annotation are outlined. Additionally, we provide links to protocols for data validation, archiving and sharing.
  4. Globally, the use of stereo‐BRUVs is spreading rapidly. We provide a standardized protocol that will reduce methodological variation among researchers and encourage the use of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable workflows to increase the ability to synthesize global datasets and answer a broad suite of ecological questions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:stereo BRUV, fish monitoring, Standard Operating Protocol, population ecology, sampling
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
UTAS Author:Barrett, N (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
UTAS Author:Jordan, A (Dr Alan Jordan)
UTAS Author:Williams, J (Dr Joel Williams)
ID Code:141125
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-09-27
Last Modified:2021-09-01
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