Accurate Fish Count Seen as Vital Study
March 21, 2011
Miami, FL - "U.S. scientists say a newly developed, more accurate method of measuring reef fish populations will be a big help in evaluating the state of the world's oceans.
While counting fish may sound simple, it is a complex task -- one that researchers at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are trying to improve by using a probabilistic survey approach to count the numbers of fish more precisely, in an efficient and cost-effective manner, a university release said Monday.
"This program started when it became obvious that we could not evaluate coral reef fish populations by simply counting how many fish were being landed at the dock," Jim Bohnsack of NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center said."
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