Consulting in fisheries acoustics

Welcome to Aquacoustics, Inc.

Aquacoustics provides consulting services in the field of fisheries acoustics. We have over 25 years of experience using sonar technology to assess the abundance and distribution of fish and to study their behavior and habitat.

When used appropriately, sonar provides reliable data in a cost-effective manner. Its advantages are that it is a non-invasive method that can be used under conditions that are too dark or too turbid for video and that data can be collected at a fixed location to provide continuous coverage over time or from a mobile platform to cover large areas. Common applications are fish stock assessment, monitoring fish behavior at hydroelectric dams or other man-made structures, and mapping bathymetry and substrate type for habitat studies.

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The clients we serve come from private industry, government agencies, universities and native organizations. Their professions range from fisheries biologists, who are interested in using sonar technology but need training and technical support, to hydro operators who need to monitor fish entrainment or prove the effectiveness of by-pass structures.

Our state-of-the-art tool kit includes

  • DIDSON 1.1/1.8MHz high-resolution imaging sonar, which is used primarily for fixed location, short to medium range applications and provides video type images.
    For more information go to Sound Metrics.

  • EdgeTech 4125 600/1600kHz side-scan sonar, which provides ultra-high resolution imagery and is ideally suited for mobile shallow water surveys.
    For more information go to EdgeTech.

  • Simrad EK60 120kHz split-beam sonar, which is used for medium to long range fixed location applications and mobile surveys and provides 3D positional information for detected targets.
    For more information go to Simrad.

  • BioSonics DTX 200kHz split-beam sonar, which is used for medium to long range fixed location applications and mobile surveys and provides 3D positional information for detected targets.
    For more information go to BioSonics.

  • Trimble DSM 212 DGPS with 10Hz update rate for sub-meter positioning in mobile surveys.

  • Echoview, the leading software for analyzing fisheries acoustics data (base, bathymetric, analysis export, fish tracking, stationary sonar and scripting modules).
    For more information go to Myriax.

  • Hypack, one of the most widely used hydrographic surveying packages used to design surveys, collect and process data.
    For more information go to HYPACK.

  • ArcGIS, the industry standard for GIS software used to analyze spatial data and generate professional quality maps and 3D visualizations (Statistical Analyst, 3D Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst extensions).

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