Sensitivity analysis of school parameters to compare schools from different surveys: a review of the standardisation task of the EC-FAIR programme CLUSTER
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AuthorsPetitgas, P. (Pierre); Diner, N. (Noël); Georgakarakos, S. (Stratis); Reid, D.G. (David G.); Aukland, R. (Richard); Massé, J. (Jacques); Scalabrin, C. (Carla); Iglesias, M. (Magdalena); Muiño, R. (Ramón); Carrera, P. (Pablo)
Echo traces seen on echo grams contain a lot of information about the aggregation of fish in schools. But the acosutic image obtained with a vertical biomass assessment echosounder contains distorsions mainly due to the beam angle, the equipment settings and the school depth. When the acoustic image of aggregation patterns changes over the years or varies between stocks, it is important to know up to what extent biological interpretation is meaningful!. The present paper reviews the work performed by a group of scientist within the EC FAIR programme CLUSTER. Simulations were performed to correct school parameters. Digital data were replayed to assess the importance of these corrections. Charts were derived to limit biological interpretation of changes on the school acoustic images.
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