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Marine Resource Survey in waters surrounding Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (SE1002, EK60)
The goals of the cruise were to collect a variety of data to assess the status of marine resources in waters surrounding Guam and CNMI. Marine resource habitats were mapped using a Reson 8101ER multiubeam sonar operating at 240 kHz frequency. Seabed was characterized by still and video recordings using a SeaBED AUV and a Towed Optical Assessment Device (TOAD). Biological backscatter were recorded using an EK60 echosounder system operating at 38, 70, & 120 kHz along predetermined transects. Fish were sampled by Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) and BotCam drops equipped with stereo cameras at predetermined locations. During the survey, a High-frequency Acoustic Recording Package (HARP) was deployed at 15 18.998?N 14527.542?E.