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The Modular Optical Underwater Survey System

NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA
Lynker Technologies LLC, Leesburg, VA 20175, USA
Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
SeaBed Technologies Inc., Falmouth, MA 02540, USA
The Sexton Corporation, Salem, OR 97302, USA
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Sensors 2017, 17(10), 2309;
Received: 10 August 2017 / Revised: 1 October 2017 / Accepted: 5 October 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechatronic Systems for Automatic Vehicles)
The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center deploys the Modular Optical Underwater Survey System (MOUSS) to estimate the species-specific, size-structured abundance of commercially-important fish species in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The MOUSS is an autonomous stereo-video camera system designed for the in situ visual sampling of fish assemblages. This system is rated to 500 m and its low-light, stereo-video cameras enable identification, counting, and sizing of individuals at a range of 0.5–10 m. The modular nature of MOUSS allows for the efficient and cost-effective use of various imaging sensors, power systems, and deployment platforms. The MOUSS is in use for surveys in Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, and Southern California. In Hawaiian waters, the system can effectively identify individuals to a depth of 250 m using only ambient light. In this paper, we describe the MOUSS’s application in fisheries research, including the design, calibration, analysis techniques, and deployment mechanism. View Full-Text
Keywords: MOUSS; bottomfish; optics; stock assessment; digital stereo-video MOUSS; bottomfish; optics; stock assessment; digital stereo-video
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Amin, R.; Richards, B.L.; Misa, W.F.X.E.; Taylor, J.C.; Miller, D.R.; Rollo, A.K.; Demarke, C.; Singh, H.; Young, G.C.; Childress, J.; Ossolinski, J.E.; Reardon, R.T.; Koyanagi, K.H. The Modular Optical Underwater Survey System. Sensors 2017, 17, 2309.

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Amin R, Richards BL, Misa WFXE, Taylor JC, Miller DR, Rollo AK, Demarke C, Singh H, Young GC, Childress J, Ossolinski JE, Reardon RT, Koyanagi KH. The Modular Optical Underwater Survey System. Sensors. 2017; 17(10):2309.

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Amin, Ruhul, Benjamin L. Richards, William F.X.E. Misa, Jeremy C. Taylor, Dianna R. Miller, Audrey K. Rollo, Christopher Demarke, Hanumant Singh, Grace C. Young, Jeremy Childress, Justin E. Ossolinski, Russell T. Reardon, and Kyle H. Koyanagi. 2017. "The Modular Optical Underwater Survey System" Sensors 17, no. 10: 2309.

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