[MARMAM] Australian Marine Biodiversity Hub online survey

Phil Bouchet bouchet.philippe at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 01:06:56 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for any cross-postings.

Faced with rapid biodiversity loss, marine researchers and practitioners
constrained by both diminishing budgets and rising pressures to build
accountability must now more than ever design monitoring programmes that are
not only robust but also cost-effective.
A vast array of modern tools are available for surveying ocean habitats and
wildlife (incl. marine mammals), however choosing among them can be
difficult as most differ widely in costs, accessibility, capabilities,
mobilisation constraints, resolution or sensitivity, and are evolving
rapidly without always being critically evaluated or compared.

In response to this, scientists from the Australian Government's National
Environmental Science Programme (NESP)'s Marine Biodiversity Hub
(http://www.nespmarine.edu.au) are undertaking a detailed comparative
assessment of field approaches to marine monitoring. 
Key to achieving this objective is a fundamental understanding of the
current patterns of use, perceptions, and awareness of various sampling

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in a short online
questionnaire relating to your experience and familiarity with a variety of
pelagic platforms (e.g. aerial/vessel surveys, underwater videography,
animal-borne tags, environmental DNA, drones, etc. amongst many more).

This work is part of ongoing efforts to develop standard operating
procedures for the collection of consistent, comparable, interpretable and
fit-for-purpose empirical evidence useful in assessing status and trends in
ocean ecosystems.
More information on the project can be found here:

The survey is completely anonymous, and will take no more than 10-15 minutes
to complete. Only aggregated responses will be used in analyses and reports.

Our aim is to get a broad cross-section of the scientific community, so
please feel free to also disseminate this link through your own professional
Any questions or concerns can be directed to phil.bouchet at uwa.edu.au 

With many thanks in advance for your contribution.
Best regards,

Dr. Phil Bouchet | Postdoctoral Fellow
National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) | Marine Biodiversity Hub
Centre for Marine Futures  & UWA Oceans Institute
School of Biological Sciences (M092) - The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009 Australia
T +61 8 6488 3590  •  M +61 406 811 113  •  E phil.bouchet at uwa.edu.au
Twitter @phbouchet  •  Web http://phbouchet.github.io 
ResearcherID K-5365-2012
Recent papers:
Abundance and fidelity of dolphins associated with a trawl fishery (2017).
Review of sampling methods for mobile oceanic fishes and sharks (2017).
Sampling pelagic wildlife using drifting video cameras (2015).

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