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A towed instrument package for fisheries research in great barrier reef waters

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Goeden, G. (1981) A towed instrument package for fisheries research in great barrier reef waters. Fisheries Research, 1 (81-82). pp. 35-44.

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0165-7836(81)90005-9

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A tethered remote instrument package (TRIP) has been developed for biological surveys over Queensland's continental shelf and slope. The present system, evolved from an earlier sled configuration, is suspended above the sea bed and towed at low speeds. Survey information is collected through video and film cameras while instrument and environmental variables are handled by a minicomputer.

The operator was able to "fly" the instrument package above the substrate by using an altitude echosounder, forward-looking sonar and real-time television viewing. Unwanted movements of the viewing system were stabilized through a gyro-controlled camera-head panning system.

the hydrodynamic drag of the umbilical presented a major control problem which could be overcome only by a reduction in towing speed. Despite the constraints of towing a device such as this through the coral reef environment, the package performed well during a recent biological survey where it was worked at 50% of its 350 m design depth.

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Additional Information:© Elsevier
Keywords:fish, fishing
Live Archive:28 Jun 2004
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