Robotic monitoring of Red Grouper in the Eastern GoM.
University of South Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The U.S. Department of Treasury
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
Red grouper are a valuable commercial and recreational fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Managers need accurate assessment data on their distribution and fishing pressure. Underwater robots are emerging technologies for oceanographic research with new capabilities applicable to the assessment of fish ecology. This proposal will apply autonomous underwater gliders equipped with oceanographic sensors to record water quality variables and acoustic sensors to assess fish locations, movements and behaviors. The study will seasonally monitor grouper and other fish within a study area comprising the Gulfstream Natural Gas Pipeline on the West Florida Shelf off Tampa Bay.
Location is center of study area