Dataset: McMurdo Sound acoustic backscatter krill and silverfish
Deployment: McMurdo_Backscatter_2014-2015

Acoustic backscatter from krill and silverfish in McMurdo Sound.
Principal Investigator: 
Kendra L. Daly (University of South Florida, USF)
Co-Principal Investigator: 
David G. Ainley (H.T. Harvey & Associates)
Grant Ballard (Point Blue Conservation Science)
Stacy Kim (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, MLML)
Benjamin Saenz (University of South Florida, USF)
BCO-DMO Data Manager: 
Mathew Biddle (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, WHOI BCO-DMO)
Current State: 
Final no updates expected

Krill and fish were sampled acoustically and visually beneath the fast ice using the tethered SCINI ROV, which was deployed and operated through a 25 cm diameter hole drilled through the sea ice. SCINI contained cameras and thrusters, and towed a sensor package consisting of a WET Labs fluorometer (ECO-AFL/FL) and a single-beam Biosonics 120 kHz DT-X echosounder. Visual targets were identified to the lowest taxon possible; these observations were used primarily to verify classification of acoustic signals. The echosounder operated at a nominal ping rate of 1 ping s-1; however, this rate was occasionally adjusted if false bottom signals were observed. The general profile of a dive included a surface transect of ~300 m horizontal distance, where the acoustic transducer faced downward, and also a dive to ~120 m if conditions allowed. Echogram data were saved to a depth of 500 m, and background noise was removed. Given the effective range of the transducer of approximately 100 m (resolving -80 dB targets), surveys characterized the upper 200 m of the water column.

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