Herring Acoustic Survey

27 June - 22 July 2016

Bram Couperus and Sascha Fässler will be leading the Dutch part of this year's North Sea herring acoustic survey. Follow the researchers and read their Blog:

» Read the Ship Blog: http://herringsurvey.blogspot.nl

The area the Dutch researchers are responsible for is indicated in orange on the map below. The researchers will be on board the Dutch Fisheries Research Vessel Tridens to survey the area on a systematic, predefined cruise track. The combined internationally coordinated effort will deliver an estimate of the herring stock size in the North Sea.

The Dutch survey the orange area
The Dutch survey the orange area
The predefined cruise track of the 2015 survey
The predefined cruise track of the 2015 survey

During the survey we continuously send out vertical sound waves through the water and collect acoustic backscatter data. We can visualise these data in a so-called ‘echogram’ – essentially a 2-dimensional slice through the water column. Once we have completed the survey of the area, we combine all the echo energy that was reflected by herring and convert it into fish numbers and weight.

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