Towed Video deployments in Timor Sea Banks and Shoals (Montara 4)

Towed Video surveys down to a depth of ~50 m was completed successfully at the following shoals (Baracuda East, Goeree Shoal, Vulcan Shoal). Sampling involved habitat classification conducted in real-time during the surveys, and taking photographic still image at 5s intervals for subsequent analysis as the cameras were towed across the shoals at a speed of 1-2 knots.

This project is a co-investment between PTTEPAA and AIMS, in order to build scientific knowledge on a number of shoal features in the area near Montara and was undertaken between 19/9/2016 - 24/9/2016.

Benthos Point intercept data extraction from high resolution still images @ 10m spacing was entered into the AIMS TowedStills system prior to subsequent specialist statistical analyses.

Principal Investigator
Heyward, Andrew J, Dr Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Point Of Contact
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) adc@aims.gov.au

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