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Using GoPro cameras to document finfish habitat services provided by oyster aquaculture gear

Posted on: 12/21/2017
Research Area(s): Internships / General

Summary / Description

Our team uses novel methods to document and better understand the ecosystem services provided to finfish by shellfish aquaculture gear. We deploy GoPro cameras underwater to assess fish abundance, diversity, and behavior in video footage. Work in summer 2018 will focus on using GoPro cameras to document fish activity in and around off-bottom oyster cages, and compare this activity to other nearby habitats such as a natural rock reef. The student will be part of a field team which conducts research in the waters of Long Island Sound near Milford, Connecticut. Work will be conducted aboard boats of varying size including a 51-foot research vessel. Sampling may include measurements of environmental parameters such as temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen, handling of field gear, programming of GoPro cameras, Blink timers and associated video equipment. Fieldwork will be conducted under a variety of weather and sea conditions and student should be prepared for working outdoors. The student will also have the opportunity to develop their own video analysis project using either footage previously collected using GoPro cameras during summer 2017 or footage collected early in the 2018 field season.

Skills Required

No specific knowledge of field sampling techniques is required, just a willingness to occasionally get wet and dirty! Basic organizational skills, a willingness to learn and attention to details are a necessity. Student may become acquainted with operating, programming, and troubleshooting GoPro camera equipment. Familiarity with computer software including Excel and PowerPoint is desired as well as an interest in learning Observer XT behavioral software. Opportunity may involve a significant investment of time previewing video footage of fish activity i.e., counting and identifying fish species and/or interpreting fish behavior.


Milford, CT

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Intern Supervisor:
Renee Mercaldo-Allen
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