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Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2022: AFSC/ABL: Autonomous underwater vehicle for tracking acoustically-tagged fish 2010,

Item Identification

Title: AFSC/ABL: Autonomous underwater vehicle for tracking acoustically-tagged fish 2010
Short Name: AFSC/ABL: Autonomous underwater vehicle for tracking acoustically-tagged fish 2010
Status: Completed
Publication Date: Unknown

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are increasingly being used to collect physical, chemical, and biological information in the marine environment. Recent efforts have been made to merge AUV technology with acoustic telemetry to provide information on the distribution and movements of marine fish. During 2010, we conducted a study in coastal waters near Juneau, Alaska to determine the feasibility of using AUVs to locate marine species under rigorous field conditions, and to compare this approach with traditional vessel-based tracking. Tracking surveys were conducted with a REMUS 100 AUV equipped with an integrated acoustic receiver and hydrophone. The AUV was programmed to navigate along predetermined routes to detect acoustic transmitters within the area. Comparable surveys were conducted with a boat equipped with acoustic tracking gear. Moorings with transmitters at 20-500 m were deployed to provide acoustic targets at known locations and depths. Marine fishes and crabs were tagged to provide mobile targets. Transmitter depth had a major impact on tracking performance. The AUV was equally effective or better detecting reference transmitters in shallow water, and significantly better than the boat for transmitters at deeper depths. Similar results were observed for the tagged animals. Crabs at moderate depths were recorded by both tracking methods, while only the AUV detected fish at depths exceeding 500 m. The AUV periodically had difficulty navigating and maintaining course due to the strong currents and extreme depths in the area. AUVs with greater cruising speeds, increased operating depths, and improved navigation would enhance AUV performance in marine environments.


This dataset contains all data collected by the AUV in 2010.


Loaded by batch 3809, 12-10-2012 15:20


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Categories 002
ISO 19115 Topic Categories 014
ISO 19115 Topic Categories Biota
ISO 19115 Topic Categories Oceans
None acoustic tracking
None Autonomous underwater vehicle
None coastal environments
None fish telemetry

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Geographic Names Information System Alaska
Geographic Names Information System Point Retreat, AK
Geographic Names Information System Portland Island, AK

Physical Location

Organization: Auke Bay Laboratories
City: Juneau
State/Province: AK
Country: US

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Database
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Document (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 231535
Date Effective From: 2015-10-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Eiler, John
Email Address:


CC ID: 80807
Date Effective From: 2012-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Eiler, John
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 80721
Date Effective From: 2012-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): MC, Metadata Coordinators
Email Address:


CC ID: 80746
Date Effective From: 2012-12-10
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Eiler, John
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 231534
Date Effective From: 2015-10-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Eiler, John
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 80720
W° Bound: -135.0848
E° Bound: -134.631
N° Bound: 58.3835
S° Bound: 58.3546

Marine waters near Juneau, AK including Auke Bay and areas near Portland Island and Point Retreat

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 80719
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2010-04
End: 2010-06

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:


Data Access Constraints:

There are no legal restrictions on access to the data. They reside in public domain and can be freely distributed.

Data Use Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Data should not be used beyond the limits of the source scale. Acknowledgement of NOAA, as the source from which these data were obtained, in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 233607
Download URL:

Note: Dataset migrated by Dan Woodrich (AFSC data management coordinator) on 12/14/2021. Contact:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Excel

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Contact the dataset POC for full QA/QC methodology

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: unknown
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

no delay

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

NCEI cite yet to be determined

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: unknown
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

IT Security and Contingency Plan for the system establishes procedures and applies to the functions, operations, and resources necessary to recover and restore data as hosted in the Western Regional Support Center in Seattle, Washington, following a disruption.


Lineage Statement:

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 17147
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:17147
Metadata Record Created By: Doug Turnbull
Metadata Record Created: 2012-12-10 15:20+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-05-04
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-05-04
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-05-04