A field and video-annotation guide for baited remote underwater stereo-video surveys of demersal fish assemblages
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1. Baited remote underwater stereo-video systems (stereo-BRUVs) are a popular tool to sample demersal fish assemblages and gather data on their relative abundance and body-size structure in a robust, cost-effective, and non-invasive manner. Given the rapid uptake of the method, subtle differences have emerged in the way stereo-BRUVs are deployed and how the resulting imagery are annotated. These disparities limit the interoperability of datasets obtained across studies, preventing broad-scale insights into the dynamics of ecological systems. 2. We provide the first globally accepted guide for using stereo-BRUVs to survey demersal fish assemblages and associated benthic habitats. 3. Information on stereo-BRUV design, camera settings, field operations, and image annotation are outlined. Additionally, we provide links to protocols for data validation, archiving, and sharing. 4. Globally, the use of stereo-BRUVs is spreading rapidly. We provide a standardised protocol that will reduce methodological variation among researchers and encourage the use of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible (FAIR) workflows to increase the ability to synthesise global datasets and answer a broad suite of ecological questions.
Langlois , T , Goetze , J , Bond , T , Monk , J , Abesamis , R A , Asher , J , Barrett , N , Bernard , A T F , Bouchet , P J , Birt , M J , Cappo , M , Currey-Randall , L M , Driessen , D , Fairclough , D V , Fullwood , L A F , Gibbons , B A , Harasti , D , Heupel , M R , Hicks , J , Holmes , T H , Huveneers , C , Ierodiaconou , D , Jordan , A , Knott , N A , Lindfield , S , Malcolm , H A , McLean , D , Meekan , M , Miller , D , Mitchell , P J , Newman , S J , Radford , B , Rolim , F A , Saunders , B J , Stowar , M , Smith , A N H , Travers , M J , Wakefield , C B , Whitmarsh , S K , Williams , J & Harvey , E S 2020 , ' A field and video-annotation guide for baited remote underwater stereo-video surveys of demersal fish assemblages ' , Methods in Ecology and Evolution , vol. 11 , no. 11 , pp. 1401-1409 . https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13470
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DescriptionResearchers TL, BG, JW, NB and JM were supported by the Marine Biodiversity Hub through funding from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program. Data validation scripts and GlobalArchive.org were supported by the Australian Research Data Commons, the Gorgon-Barrow Island Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefits Fund, administered by the Government of Western Australia and the BHP/UWA Biodiversity and Societal Benefits of Restricted Access Areas collaboration.
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