Cooperative Fisheries Research:The Southern California Bight

Through a grant by the Pacific State Fisheries Commission and support by NOAA’s Fisheries Service, researchers and fishermen from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries Service), the California Department of Fish and Game and the Sport Fishing Association of California are cooperatively developing and using an Cooperative Optically-Assisted Acoustic Survey Technique (COAST) to assess rockfish stocks in Southern California using passive acoustic methods and underwater video.

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Icon of Cooperative Research in the Southern California BightFisheries Researchers Part I: Rockfishes of the Southern California Bight

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From Point Conception to the Mexican border, government scientists and recreational fishermen work cooperatively to map rockfish habitat and identify species using passive acoustic methods and underwater video.

Outter Limits ShipFisheries Researchers Part II: Acoustic and ROV Survey Techniques

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This video shows scientists and the fishing community working together to assess the rockfish stocks in the Southern California Bight using echosounders mounted on NOAA and sportfishing vessels, and cameras deployed from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Last modified: 2/4/2015