The purpose of Fisheries Habitat Research is to conduct research, monitoring, and restoration relevant to the mapping, identification, and quality of marine fisheries habitats.
Multibeam sonar - Kongsberg EM3002, 300 kHz
Sidescan sonar - Klein 3000, 300 kHz
Single beam - Biosonics DTX, 200 kHz
Towed underwater vehicle - MacArtney Focus-2
Water quality (temp, salinity, depth, light)
For more information please refer to the following brochure:
This is a 300kHz shallow-water multibeam system. It has roughly a 4x water-depth swath width. It has been mounted on the R/V Gloria Michelle (at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center) and DMF’s R/V Mya.
EM-3002 in transit on the Mya
In partnership with MIT Seagrant, MarineFisheries is developing capabilities to use a Klein 3000 sidescan sonar system to conduct seafloor mapping studies.
This is a 300kHz shallow-water singlebeam system. It is a highly portable system that we have used for identifying and mapping cod aggregations, bathymetry, and eelgrass beds.
The Focus-2 is an instrument platform designed for stability. It has automatic control of roll and pitch with on-the-fly programming for constant altitude, constant depth, or undulating tows. It can be interfaced with an autopilot for automatic yaw control. It has been mounted with a video system and the EM-3002 multibeam system. Other systems being considered include a video plankton recorder and a CTD. The system includes a topside unit, a fiber optic tow cable on a computer controlled winch system, and a genset for the winch.
Within MarineFisheries there are several underwater video systems including color and black and white systems that can be mounted on the Focus-2 or other tow bodies. We have two pyramid-frame-mounted systems specifically designed for benthic work. We also have highly portable shallow-water systems for rapid assessments.
Fisheries Habitat Project staff members participate in several regionally and nationally based partnerships that focus on addressing larger scale marine fisheries and habitat concerns. Click on the links below for more information on some of the partnerships we are currently involved in:
Atlantic States Coastal Habitat Partnership
Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Formalized Through MOU
ACFHP fact sheet  - October 2008
Habitat Program Five-Year Strategic and Management Plan 2009-2013