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The BRUVs workshop - an Australia-wide synthesis of baited remote underwater video data to answer broad-scale ecological questions about fish, sharks and rays


Harvey, ES and McLean, DL and Goetze, JS and Saunders, BJ and Langlois, TJ and Monk, J and Barrett, N and Wilson, SK and Holmes, TH and Ierodiaconou, D and Jordan, AR and Meekan, MG and Malcolm, HA and Heupel, MR and Harasti, D and Huveneers, C and Knott, NA and Fairclough, DV and Currey-Randall, LM and Travers, MJ and Radford, BT and Rees, MJ and Speed, CW and Wakefield, CB and Cappo, M and Newman, SJ, The BRUVs workshop - an Australia-wide synthesis of baited remote underwater video data to answer broad-scale ecological questions about fish, sharks and rays, Marine Policy, 127 Article 104430. ISSN 0308-597X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104430


Many marine fish populations have declined due to the individual or cumulative impacts of increasing water temperatures, ocean acidification, overfishing and other human-induced impacts such as land run-off, dredging and habitat alteration. Some solutions may be offered by ecosystem-based fisheries and conservation management. However, understanding their effectiveness relies on the availability of good quality data on the size distributions and abundance of fish populations and assemblages, collected at appropriate temporal and spatial scales. Since the early 2000s, baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) have become a popular tool for collecting data on fish assemblages across a range of depths and habitats. In Australia, this technique has been adopted by many different agencies and institutions, creating a unique opportunity to compile a continental-scale synthesis of fish data using a standardised sampling technique. Key Australian researchers and managers were invited to contribute to a synthesis workshop on baited underwater video in Albany, Western Australia between the 4th and 8th of February 2018. Data from 19,939 BRUVs deployments, collected between 2000 and 2017 around Australia, were compiled using GlobalArchive ( The workshop identified and prioritised several key research themes that would contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of focal species and broad assemblages. Our goal is to describe where and when the data were collected, the type of equipment used and how the imagery was analysed. We also discuss the types of questions that can be addressed by analysing these standardised datasets and the potential benefits to conservation and fisheries management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:BRUV, fish monitoring, marine park monitoring, fisheries independent
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
UTAS Author:Barrett, N (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
ID Code:142914
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-02-16
Last Modified:2021-10-06

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