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Task 29: Monitoring of California's MPA network to improve fisheries management using citizen science and novel technology

Award Period: 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Award Amount: 

$26 149

Agency Name: 

The Nature Conservancy

Award Number: 

SB150143-Task 29

PI First Name: 

Jennifer

PI last name: 

Caselle

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

Dr. Caselle, together with one research technicians and volunteer assistants,will complete 6 charters aboard Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessels (CPFVs) in Santa Barbara, CA. I will add a new site to my current sampling design with the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP), and integrate the taking of individual fish photographs into the CCFRP sampling protocol. Camera systems and photography protocol will be developed and tested by technicians, in coordination with and approved by Lyall Bellquist from The Nature Conservancy, to identify the most appropriate and seamless method for integration with the CCFRP protocol aboard Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessels (CPFVs). Potential camera systems include, but are not limited to, use of smartphones or GoPros during the fish tagging and measuring process. Each photo will be taken with the fish lying horizontally on the measuring board or fillet table, with a U.S. quarter at least two inches away from the fish. Species, tag number, location (site name and coordinates), and total length (mm) will be recorded for each fish photographed, with a unique identifier linking the data to each photograph. We will generate a library of fish images that will be stored on Caselle lab computers, and post-processed using Poseidon to build a database of geolocated individual fish lengths across multiple species.