Advanced Survey Technologies-ROV Group

Benthic Resources (ROV) Group

Meet the staff of the Benthic Resources Group


NOAA Fisheries' newest high-definition ROV

Research activities

Information about our research program

Research expeditions

Latest info regarding field work

The Advanced Survey Technologies (AST) Benthic Resources Group is part of the Fisheries Resources Division (FRD) at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). The Benthic Resources Group uses remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to monitor populations of fishes and invertebrates in deep-water ecosystems. The Benthic Resources Group's objectives include:
  • monitoring the recovery of the endangered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni),
  • developing methods to improve the accuracy, precision and efficiency of fisheries surveys and thus resulting stock assessments, and
  • improving species identifications through the use of high-resolution imagery.

Our primary research tools since 2001 are ROVs, including our Phantom DS4 ROV 'Sebastes', and our newest high-definition high-voltage (HDHV) ROV 'Arc'. Much of our work is done in collaboration with the AST's Fisheries Acoustics Group, and with the crew of the CPFV Outer Limits .The previous link is a link to a Non-Federal government web site. Click to     review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

Research activities



Detailed info about the SWFSC's new high-definition high-voltage remotely operated vehicle (ROV)

Google Earth Data
View georeferenced imagery and virtual-tours using Google Earth

S. CA Weather
Links to various S. CA weather products


NEW: SWFSC Image Gallery
View images of rockfishes, abalone, marine debris, and more...

Cowcod and bocaccio rockfish
Video of cowcod and bocaccio rockfishes at 43-Fathom Bank

Significant citations

  • Stierhoff, K. L., M. Neuman, et al. (2012). On the road to extinction: Population declines of the endangered white abalone, Haliotis sorenseni." Biol. Cons. 152: 46-52

  • Butler, J. L., Neuman, M., Pinkard, D., Kvitek, R. and Cochrane, G. (2006) The use of multibeam sonar mapping techniques to refine population estimates of the endangered white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni). Fish.Bull. 104:521–532

  • Neuman, M., Butler, J. L., Tissot, B., and Goodman, D. (2006) Status and trends of black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii): A preliminary approach to modeling population viability. J. Shellfish Res. 25(2):758

  • Butler, J. L., Jacobson, L. D., Barnes, J. T. and Moser, H.G. (2003) Biology and population dynamics of cowcod (Sebastes levis) in the Southern California Bight. Fish. Bull. 101:260-280