What is it about?

We present an innovative system of baited underwater cameras that can be used for documenting marine wildlife in remote and deep ocean environments.

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Why is it important?

Knowing where animals are in the vast open ocean is critical to designing effective conservation measures like marine protected areas. Much of the marine environment lies away from coasts in areas that are remote and often too difficult to access. Our instruments provide a non-invasive, portable, affordable, and light-weight solution to collecting data in marine habitats otherwise inaccessible to other forms of scientific sampling.

Perspectives

This article is the outcome of several years of work designing and testing baited camera video technologies in the field. It is the first implementation of a drifting (non-anchored) design which has now been adopted in numerous international scientific expeditions, including by the National Geographic Society's Pristine Seas Programme.

Dr Phil J Bouchet
University of Western Australia

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This page is a summary of: Drifting baited stereo-videography: a novel sampling tool for surveying pelagic wildlife in offshore marine reserves, Ecosphere, August 2015, Wiley, DOI: 10.1890/es14-00380.1.
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