Measuring fish abundance in a weir trap using an acoustical-optical platform.

Academic Article


  • Data recorded by a bottom mounted survey platform deployed within the opening of a fishing weir were used to calculate species specific abundance estimates for comparison to the weir catch. Abundance estimates were calculated from the combination of sonar and video information recorded by the Acoustical-Optical Platform (AOP). Echo counting was used to detect individual moving targets in the sonar images with the application of a background removal technique utilizing a moving average filter. Video images provided species identification of acoustic targets. Video images and differences in target strength distributions reflected a change in dominant species from each deployment which was confirmed with the weir catch. The algorithm used to calculate AOP abundance estimates was most accurate in predicting abundance for species comprising at least 13% of the overall catch by weight. Close agreement between the species specific AOP estimates and absolute abundances of each species suggests that the combination of acoustic and video data is a powerful combination for accurately identifying fish species and predicting abundance.
  • Authors

  • Miksis-Olds, Jennifer
  • Stokesbury, Kevin DE
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2007
  • Keywords

  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Equipment Design
  • Fishes
  • Population Density
  • Species Specificity
  • Transducers
  • Ultrasonics
  • Video Recording
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17902877
  • Start Page

  • 2431
  • End Page

  • 2438
  • Volume

  • 122
  • Issue

  • 4