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Fisheries Acoustics

Contribution and Challenge
  • R. B. Mitson


The application of underwater acoustics to fisheries research has distinct features such that Fisheries Acoustics is a recognized branch of the science of sound. For decades the accent was on exploitation of the world’s fish stocks, leading to the development of large and powerful fishing vessels, equipped with sophisticated echo-sounders and sonars. Some stocks have now collapsed and many others are in imminent danger of doing so. The requirement is, for example, management of cod, haddock and yellowtail flounder in the George’s Bank area and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, so they can be restored to their former abundance. Conservation is now the key word in efforts to preserve this important source of food for the rapidly expanding world population. Fisheries acoustics play a vital role in this process by providing data for management purposes. Scientists and engineers continue to develop and refine this application of acoustics to the estimation of fish stock abundance.


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  • R. B. Mitson
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  1. 1.ACOUSTECLowestoft, SuffolkUK

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