Hudson 014 2011 – June 4-14th, 2011

2011-06-09 – The first images of the ocean bottom were stunning and the high concentration sponges in this area appeared to be pristine.  As we moved down the first Campod transects, signs of trawling became apparent and matched our expectations of known trawling effort in the area.  Hundreds of high resolution geo-referenced images and video has been collected and these mark the start of images to be collected for analysis.  The primary objective for the visual examination of areas known to be historically trawled, is to assess the catch-ability of sponge by-catch which will improve predictive models that estimate by-catch of sponge by commercial trawling.

Hudson 014 2011 – June 4-14th, 2011

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