Stereo-Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) were deployed and retrieved in targeted shallow seabed environments
within the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) in the Timor Sea. The survey concentrated on shelf
habitats (< 200m) of the western part of the Oceanic Shoals CMR and included potential biodiversity hotspots such as pinnacles,
banks and shoals. In total, 56 stereo-BRUVS were deployed between 31 and 77 metres for one hour according to a regular random
sampling design, with minimum spacing of 400 m to ensure independence among samples. This yielded 56 hours of video footage
which was subsequently analysed and all species and their relative abundances recorded.
The Marine Biodiversity Survey of the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) in the Timor Sea was a
research collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Geoscience Australia (GA), University
of Western Australia (UWA) and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MGNT). The survey was undertaken between
12 September and 6 October 2012 on the AIMS Research Vessel, RV Solander, and formed part of the National Environmental Research
Program (NERP) Marine Biodiversity Hub Theme 4: Regional Biodiversity Discovery to Support Marine Bioregional Plans.
Caley, J: AIMS (Theme Leader)
Stowar, M: AIMS (Principle Investigator)