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Fish aggregating devices as instrumented observatories of pelagic ecosystems

Reference no: QLRI-CT-2002-02773
Acronym: FADIO
Period: January 2003 till March 2006
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Aggregation; Data
Geographical term: Europe [Marine Regions]

Institutes (8)  Top 
  • University of the Aegean; Department of marine sciences, more, partner
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), more, partner
  • University of Hawaii, more, partner
  • AZTI Foundation, more, partner
  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), more, partner
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), more, partner
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), more, partner
  • Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), more, partner

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? Sonar's to observe aggregations, data loggers to detect individuals carrying electronic tags and satellite uplinks for both,
  2. and new electronic tags with ecological sensors.

Also, a model of aggregation processes will be developed for interpreting data collected by currently available down-looking sonar's mounted on buoys. Various field experiments will be conducted to assist in development of specifications for the autonomous sonar's. 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.

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