Oceanography: Fish do not avoid survey vessels

P G Fernandes, A S Brierley, E J Simmonds, N W Millard, S D McPhail, F Armstrong, P Stevenson, M Squiress

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Abstract

he precarious condition of the world's fisheries is making ever-greater demands of the scientific assessment of fish stocks. Traditional assessments that rely on commercial catch statistics can have major shortcomings1 (as shown, for example, by the collapse of Canada's northern cod stock2), increasing the need for more fishery-independent data. Acoustic surveys can provide such information3, but ocean-going research vessels have high operating costs, and there is also widespread concern that fish avoid these vessels because of the noise they make, thereby biasing abundance estimates4. Here we present new data gathered by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) showing that vessel avoidance is not a significant source of bias. Our investigation also heralds the arrival of AUVs as effective survey platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-36
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume404
Issue number6773
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2000

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Fernandes, P. G., Brierley, A. S., Simmonds, E. J., Millard, N. W., McPhail, S. D., Armstrong, F., ... Squiress, M. (2000). Oceanography: Fish do not avoid survey vessels. Nature, 404(6773), 35-36. https://doi.org/10.1038/35003648

Oceanography : Fish do not avoid survey vessels. / Fernandes, P G ; Brierley, A S ; Simmonds, E J ; Millard, N W ; McPhail, S D ; Armstrong, F ; Stevenson, P ; Squiress, M .

In: Nature, Vol. 404, No. 6773, 02.03.2000, p. 35-36.

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Fernandes, PG, Brierley, AS, Simmonds, EJ, Millard, NW, McPhail, SD, Armstrong, F, Stevenson, P & Squiress, M 2000, 'Oceanography: Fish do not avoid survey vessels' Nature, vol. 404, no. 6773, pp. 35-36. https://doi.org/10.1038/35003648
Fernandes PG, Brierley AS, Simmonds EJ, Millard NW, McPhail SD, Armstrong F et al. Oceanography: Fish do not avoid survey vessels. Nature. 2000 Mar 2;404(6773):35-36. https://doi.org/10.1038/35003648
Fernandes, P G ; Brierley, A S ; Simmonds, E J ; Millard, N W ; McPhail, S D ; Armstrong, F ; Stevenson, P ; Squiress, M . / Oceanography : Fish do not avoid survey vessels. In: Nature. 2000 ; Vol. 404, No. 6773. pp. 35-36.
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