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Baited Remote Underwater Video Station (BRUVS) Surveys of Fish in the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2012 to 2014

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2023

A type of remote video system used by NOAA's Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) is the baited remote underwater video station (BRUVS). The BRUVS was developed and several have been used widely by Euan Harvey, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Western Australia and the Australia Institute of Marine Science. BRUVS are similar to existing BotCam technology, but are more suitable for deployment on coral reef systems because they are smaller, lighter, and can be deployed closer to the substrate. Supported by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CRCP), ESD uses BRUVS to conduct fish surveys to depths of ~100 m.

Each BRUVS uses high-definition video cameras mounted 0.7 m apart on a base bar that is inwardly converged at 8°, set up as a stereo-video system. The video images from the cameras are subsequently analyzed to identify fish species and to determine fish sizes. The use of bait attracts a wide diversity of fish species into the field of view of the cameras, but ESD is also experimenting with unbaited deployments.

The data provided in this data set—including fish species, counts, and lengths—were generated from the analysis of video footage from BRUVS surveys conducted during PIFSC missions in the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) in September 2012 and November 2013, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) in May and September 2014. Targeted fishes for measurement in the MHI included: all large-bodied predatory species, including sharks (Carcharhinidae), jacks (Carangidae), snappers (Lutjanidae), and the Hawaiian grouper (Cephalopholis argus. Select parrotfishes (Scarinae), goatfishes, chubs (Kyphosidae), and surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae) were also identified by PIFSC as species of interest. Targeted fishes for measurement in the NWHI included: all large-bodied predatory species, including sharks (Carcharhinidae), jacks (Carangidae), and the snapper Aprion virescens.

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Metadata Date October 17, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) 2017-12 (creation), 2019-08 (revision), 2019 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from NMFS PIFSC

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 17, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) 2017-12 (creation), 2019-08 (revision), 2019 (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25248
Access Constraints Cite As: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Baited Remote Underwater Video Station (BRUVS) Surveys of Fish in the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2012 to 2014 [Data Date Range], https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/25248., Access Constraints: None | Use Constraints: Please cite PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) when using the data. Suggested citation: Ecosystem Sciences Division; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2019). Baited Remote Underwater Video Station (BRUVS) Surveys of Fish in the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2012 to 2014. NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/25248. | Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Harvest Source Title NMFS PIFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Lineage The count and size of reef fish observed on BRUVS surveys are manually logged by a video analyst.
Metadata Language eng
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2012-09-01
Temporal Extent End 2012-10-02

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