Closing Date: 08/26/2016
Anticipated Start Date: September 6, 2016
Group Definition: Fisheries Technicians perform duties related to the protection, preservation, or propagation of fish species and the preservation or enhancement of species habitat. They use knowledge of procedural requirements and processes to support the technical work of their unit. They provide practical technical support to research, operations, or program administration efforts.
Project Specifics: The NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) will collaborate on the use of acoustical and optical imaging systems to study the effects of mobile optical and acoustic survey platforms in deep water (100-200m). Imaging will be conducted from fixed landers on the seafloor equipped with digital still stereo cameras and ultrasonic imaging sonars (e.g., DIDSON). The PSMFC will provide support and coordination through all phases of the research including planning, execution of field work (October 2016), data analysis (with articular emphasis on analysis of large acoustical and optical data sets), and writing of reports and papers. An example of the type of required analysis is to match sampling volumes between stereo camera systems and imaging sonars and the survey platforms to calculate optical “catchability” of fishes, and to measure swimming speeds and trajectories. The information and insights obtained through this research collaboration will inform the interpretation and use of past and future data on the distribution and abundance of commercially important fishes acquired through in situ direct count surveys.
Position Specifics: The work for this position will be split between the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport, OR and their Seattle, WA location on Montlake Blvd. Additionally the incumbent will be traveling to do some field work off the coast of southern California. Successful candidate should have experience collecting acoustics data (familiarity with sonar systems and computer networking issues and troubleshooting). The ability to problem solve networking issues in the field is important in working with modern sonar systems.
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