Video Surveys of Continental Shelf Fishes
Over the last few years, The Nature Conservancy, along with other academic, agency and fishing
industry partners have been utilizing remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and small landers to assess
demersal fish populations along the continental shelf. Their pilot efforts have demonstrated the benefits of stereo video surveys and also the limitations of existing visual tools. In particular, there are two important use cases for which improved and more cost-effective and scalable stereo video tools could help to address important management needs: (1) working with NOAA-Fisheries to improve assessments of demersal fish stocks through visual surveys of fish size and density in “untrawlable” rocky habitats across the West Coast and (2) scaling up visual monitoring of habitats and fish populations in deep habitats inside/outside state MPAs throughout California.