| 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 .
- 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