ROV-based Deep Water Monitoring of the Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Annual Report - 2007

California Department of Fish and Game (2009) ROV-based Deep Water Monitoring of the Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Annual Report - 2007. Sacramento, CA, California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Region, (Marine Region Administrative Report, 09-01)

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Abstract

Research cruises were conducted in August-October 2007 to complete the third annual remotely operated vehicle (ROV)-based assessments of nearshore rocky bottom finfish at ten sites in the northern Channel Islands. Annual surveys at the Channel Islands have been conducted since 2004 at four sites and were expanded to ten sites in 2005 to monitor potential marine protected area (MPA)effects on baseline fish density. Six of the ten sites are in MPAs and four in nearby fished reference areas. In 2007 the amount of soft-only substrate on the 141 track lines surveyed was again estimated in real-time in order to target rocky bottom habitat. These real-time estimates of hard and mixed substrate for all ten sites averaged 57%, 1% more than the post-processed average of 56%. Surveys generated 69.9 km of usable video for use in finfish density calculations, with target rocky bottom habitat accounting for 56% (39.1 km) for all sites combined. The amount of rocky habitat sampled by site averaged 3.8 km and ranged from 3.3 km sampled at South Point, a State Marine Reserve (SMR) off Santa Rosa Island, to 4.7 km at Anacapa Island SMR. A sampling goal of 75 transects at all 10 sites was met using real-time habitat estimates combined with precautionary over-sampling by 10%. A total of seventy kilometers of sampling is projected to produce at least seventy-five 100 m2 transects per site. Thirteen of 26 finfish taxa observed were selected for quantitative evaluation over the time series based on a minimum criterion of abundance (0.05/100 m2). Ten of these 13 finfish appear to be more abundant at the state marine reserves relative to fished areas when densities were averaged across the 2005 to 2007 period. One of the species that appears to be more abundant in fished areas was señorita, a relatively small prey species that is not a commercial or recreational target. (PDF contains 83 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: ROV-based Deep Water Monitoring of the Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Annual Report - 2007
Corporate Creator/Author: California Department of Fish and Game
Series Name: Marine Region Administrative Report
Number: 09-01
Date: 2009
Publisher: California Department of Fish and Game, Marine Region
Place of Publication: Sacramento, CA
Issuing Agency: California Department of Fish and Game
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Biology
Item ID: 2051
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 30 May 2009 00:18
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:43
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2051

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