Growing monitoring in sea cages: TS measurements issues
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AuthorsEspinosa, V.; Soliveres, E.; Cebrecos, A.; Puig, V.; Sainz-Pardo, S.; de-la-Gándara, F. (Fernando)
Hydroacoustic monitoring of fish growing in sea cages needs of an accurate relationship between fish size and target strength (TS) for every species of commercial interest. We discuss the conditions for TS measurement in near range conditions in sea cages for the case of the dorsal and ventral aspects of gilthead sea bream and bluefin tuna. Gilthead sea bream dorsal and ventral TS distributions, obtained with a split beam echosounder, are unimodal and the same results are derived for single beam data analysis when specific processing threshold criteria are applied. The expected linear relationship between the average TS and the logarithm of fish length is only found for the ventral case, being more accurate the uncompensated TS single beam analysis, probably due to near range errors. Bluefin tuna dorsal measurements performed in a fattening farm from February to July did not show a significant variation of TS distributions, and we propose a synchronized system of echosounder ...
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