Seafloor Imaging of Marine Protected Areas: Baseline Data and Pilot Study
MBARI adjunct Steve Rock and Jim Barry have nearly completed the baseline mapping and navigation-graded automated video mosaics of two new marine protected areas (Soquel Canyon and Portuguese Ledge) in Monterey Bay. The data collection to be completed in 2009 should reveal the degree of impacts on the seafloor in two highly trawled areas immediately after they were designated off-limits. New tools are being created and implemented for video lab annotation of the two-dimensional data to prevent multiple counts of the same organism that appears in overlapping images. The goal is to streamline monitoring the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas using computer-aided tools.