Comparison of New Software for Rapid, Automated Processing of Hydroacoustic Data for Fisheries Related Applications

Monday, August 18, 2014: 4:20 PM
306A (Centre des congrès de Québec // Québec City Convention Centre)
Eric Munday , BioSonics, Inc., Seatte, WA
James Dawson , BioSonics, Inc, Seattle, WA
Brian Moore , BioSonics, Inc, Seattle, WA
A new processing software (VisAcq Autotrack) was evaluated to determine its relative efficiency and accuracy as a means to rapidly process hydroacoustic data. The software;'s Trace Formation capability represents a potential paradigm shift in the conventional methods for obtaining fish counts, density and distribution from hydroacoustic data.  Conventional methods involve two primary tasks; data collection and data processing.  VisAcq AutoTrack processes during data collection by detecting, classifying and accepting or rejecting echo returns based on user-selected parameters.  Fish tracks or traces are automatically formed in near-real time from the accepted echoes and logged or  data set collected in Lake Washington, Seattle was processed to determine fish density by depth strata, horizontal and vertical distribution, and total count.  Data were processed in real time using VisAcq AutoTrack and post-processed using three other commercially available and widely-used programs. The analysis results across the four different software applications demonstrated that VisAcq Autotrack provides provisional information as accurate as data provided by the other software while eliminating nearly all post processing effort.