Marine Survey Equipment
CFF owns a variety of research and survey equipment including dredges, nets, highflyers, temperature and depth sensors, tilt sensors, tensiometers, motion compensated scales, underwater lights, and various cameras with mounts and underwater housings. In addition to our various survey tools CFF has a network of vessel-based computers and satellite transmission hardware, which facilitate research in data collection and fishery management solutions. CFF has partnered with international software and data transmission industry leaders to develop custom designed real-time fisheries catch data collection software that is both appropriate for our fishing industry partners, as well as robust enough to meet scientific standards. This vessel monitoring system continues to be tested and utilized at-sea by scallop vessels.
Listed below are some of our privately owned survey tools that are also available for rent.
Teledyne Benthos MiniRover ROV
CFF worked with Teledyne Benthos to design and construct the High Output MiniROVER ROV, which is outfitted with a two high resolution cameras (one color, one low light black and white), two LED light arrays, and heading and depth sensors. Since the acquisition of the MiniROVER in 2007, CFF has utilized it to follow and observe over 250 loggerhead sea turtles, as well as various other marine organisms in situ. To see video recorded using our MiniRover please see our youtube page.
Deep Trekker DTG2 Smart ROV
Acquired in 2015 this smarter ROV boasts sensors for auto-heading, auto-depth intelligence, temperature, turns, pitch, roll, and camera angle with an integrated LCD screen controller. Weighing less than 20 lbs this ROV is fully portable and easy to deploy from large and small vessels. Download the DTG2 Specifications PDF here.
Stationary Camera Arrays
CFF has constructed four stationary frames capable of being used for recording stereo, still photographs for 36 hours, and real-time video for 1-3 hours. These stands can be fitted with LED strobe cameras and synced to flash only when camera takes photo, minimizing the impact of artificial light on animal behavior. An integrated Hydrolab data logger records in sync with images, providing a suite of environmental characteristics tied directly to each image. Finally, an integrated drop box allows for dropping items (such as rubble/gravel, benthic organisms, egg casings, bait, etc) to track in time lapse series.
HABitat mapping CAMera (HABCAM)
The HABitat mapping CAMera (HABCAM) is a non-invasive imaging system that produces high-resolution overlapping stereo images. The camera array is towed behind the vessel and is capable of covering large survey areas compared to the stationary arrays. HABCAM images can be used for habitat characterization, estimates of faunal abundance, biodiversity, species abundance, etc., and allows for the optical characterization of benthic taxa, communities and associated substrate.