Variation in the performance of acoustic receivers and its implication for positioning algorithms in a riverine setting

Simpfendorfer, Colin Ashley, Heupel, Michelle RaNae, and Collins, Angela B. (2008) Variation in the performance of acoustic receivers and its implication for positioning algorithms in a riverine setting. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 65 (3). pp. 482-492.

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The performance of an array of data-logging single frequency acoustic receivers in the Caloosahatchee River (Florida, USA) was examined and the results incorporated into a positioning algorithm for animals tracked within the system. The mean code detection efficiency across all individual receivers and all download periods was 0.414 detections per synchronization code. On average, the code rejection coefficient was approximately 4%, indicating that it was only a minor factor in reducing code detection efficiency. There were significant performance differences between stations and download periods, but no interaction between these two factors for all three metrics. Code detection efficiency, the rejection coefficient, and the noise quotient all showed significant variations with distance from the river mouth and time since deployment. Comparison of position estimates with and without efficiency produced small differences for bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) monitored via this system. Root mean square errors were higher for cownose rays (48 m) than for bull sharks (23 m). Mean differences for individuals were always slightly downstream because of the increasing code detection efficiency of upriver receivers. The results of this comparison indicated that the inclusion of code detection efficiency did not significantly improve the results of the positioning algorithm.

Item ID: 5437
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1205-7533
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2010 01:47
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070402 Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
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