Reaching over 12m in length, basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are the largest fish in the Northeast Atlantic and seasonally aggregate in UK coastal waters. Little is known about their behaviour during aggregations and as the rate of marine renewable energy development increases, there is an urgent need to develop resource-efficient platforms for monitoring basking sharks. Despite their size, quantifying their natural behaviour in plankton-rich waters remains a major challenge. Here, we present the successful application of a Teledyne RESON (Seabat 7128) multibeam sonar to track basking sharks at a key aggregation site on the West Coast of Scotland. First results of individual fine-scale tracking indicate that multibeam sonar is a promising tool for acoustic detection and tracking from a safe distance to the target species.
|Title of host publication||EIMR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE|
|Subtitle of host publication||Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies 28 April – 02 May 2014 Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||2nd International Conference on Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR2014) - Stornoway, United Kingdom|
Duration: 30 Apr 2014 → 1 May 2014
|Conference||2nd International Conference on Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR2014)|
|Abbreviated title||EIMR 2014|
|Period||30/04/14 → 1/05/14|
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Neil Gregge (Manager)Aberdeen Centre For Environmental Sustainability
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