Effect of a Transducer Horizontality Default on Lake Fish Stock Assessment

Type Article
Date 2020-12
Language English
Author(s) Blanluet Arthur1, Goulon Chloe1, Lebourges-Dhaussy Anne2, Eymar-Dauphin Pauline1, Guillard Jean1
Affiliation(s) 1 : CARRTEL, INRAE, Univ. Savoie Mont Blanc, 74200, Thonon-les-Bains, France
2 : LEMAR, IRD, UBO, CNRS, Ifremer, 29280, Plouzane, France
Source Acoustics Australia (0814-6039) (Springer Science and Business Media LLC), 2020-12 , Vol. 48 , N. 3 , P. 473-479
DOI 10.1007/s40857-020-00206-1
Keyword(s) Fisheries acoustics, Freshwater, Transducer miss-alignment

reshwater hydroacoustic surveys are frequently performed with small research boats. Thus, the transducer, usually fixed on a pole on the side of the boat, could be misaligned with the horizontal axis (i.e., the lake surface). Given that fish acoustic responses are strongly directional, the transducer angle could induce attenuation of their backscattering strengths. To test the influence of a small shift of the transducer orientation, we compared hydroacoustics estimates from two sampling nights on the Lake Annecy: the first one being a transducer angle of 1.5∘ with the horizontal and the second one being strictly horizontal. We showed that the effect of such an angle is negligible over the sampling variability on the TS distribution of the fish population and the biomass assessment. We conclude that a small shift in the transducer horizontality (≤1.5∘) will not degrade the quality of the acoustic data.

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