Scientists and engineers in the Advanced Survey Technologies Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Group (led by Dr. Kevin Stierhoff) at Southwest Fisheries Science Center have recently designed and constructed a custom remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for surveying groundfishes and benthic invertebrates that inhabit deep-water ecosystems along the west coast of the US. The HDHV ROV is powered by 300 VDC and brushless thrusters which make it much quieter than comparable AC-powered systems. Also, the high-definition (1080i) video camera and still camera provide crisp video and photographs to improve the detection and identification capabilities when surveying rockfishes (genus Sebastes) and cryptic invertebrates such as the endangered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni). These features, combined with an integrated navigation system, full suite of oceanographic sensors, and relatively small footprint make this an ideal platform for a wide variety of fisheries research and marine conservation applications from a range of survey vessels.
A CAD drawing (left) and photograph (right) of the new HDHV ROV.
Click here to download the full spec sheet.
For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Stierhoff at the SWFSC.