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Fish aggregating devices as instrumented observatories of pelagic ecosystems

Objective

Tropical pelagic species are known to aggregate around floating objects. The objective of this project is to define specifications and develop prototypes of
(1) autonomous buoys equipped with 360 sonars to observe aggregations, data loggers to detect individuals carrying electronic tags and satellite uplinks for both,
(2) new electronic tags with ecological sensors.

Also, a model of aggregation processes will be developed for interpreting data collected by currently available down-looking sonars mounted on buoys. Various field experiments will be conducted to assist in development of specifications for the autonomous sonars. The new-instrumented buoys will become observatories of pelagic ecosystems. They will reduce the dependence on research vessels and represent a major advance in fisheries research and the study of pelagic organisms.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Address

97492 Sainte-clotilde
France

Participants (8)

AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Address
Avda. Satrustegui 8
20008 San Sebastian
IFREMER - INSTITUT FRANAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
Rue Jean Vilar 1
34203 Sete
INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Nordnesgt.33
5024 Bergen
SOCIETE D'ETUDE ET DE REALISATION DE PROTECTION ELECTRONIQUE INFORMATIQUE ELECTRONIQUE SECURITE MARINE
France
Address
Zi Des Cinq Chemins
56520 Guidel
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Bd Du Triomphe, Campus De La Plaine Cp2
1050 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
United States
Address
Office Of Research Services - Dole Street 2530
96822 Honolulu
UNIVERSITY OF LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Spain
Address
Edificio De Ciencias Basicas, Campus Universitario
35017 Las Palmas De Gran Canari
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
Sapphous Str 5
81100 Mytilini