Simrad ME70 Scientific multibeam echo sounder
Ifremer approved the first Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam
In November 2006, following a series of extensive
tests Ifremer (French Marine Institute) accepted and approved the
Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam echo sounder onboard the research
ship R/V Thalassa.
Functionality, accuracy, and stability
were tested onboard R/V Thalassa under sometimes severe weather conditions
off the coast of France. The ME70 system passed the final tests, and
Ifremer formally accepted delivery of this revolutionary multibeam
echo sounder. The information from the Simrad ME70 will be used to
increase the accuracy of biomass assessments, therefore providing
a better understanding of marine life.
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Data from the Simrad ME70 scientific
multibeam echo sounder system collected during the sea acceptance
tests has already provided new and valuable information to Ifremer
about the structure of fish schools and fish avoidance caused by the
presence of the survey vessel.
The Simrad ME70 offers a quantum
leap in technology and accuracy, and provides scientists with new
and powerful tools for their work. Through this multibeam technology,
which has been designed specifically for fishery research applications,
the amount and behaviour of fish can be studied with far greater accuracy
and detail than ever before.
Using a suitable post-processing application
with data provided by the Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam systems,
the scientist can observe both schools of fish as well as single fishes