The project involves a DT-X SUB echosounder currently being deployed in a yearlong project to assess biomass (fish and plankton) in Papua New Guinea. The system is configured with 38 and 200 kHz transducers and operating in a fully autonomous mode. The DT-X-SUB is powered by (3) Ocean Sonics battery packs and will operate on a 15% duty cycle to extend battery life and allow for 3-month deployments. The hardware is mounted in a custom mooring frame deployed in 400 m of water. The DT-X SUB system will measure demersal and pelagic fish biomass and the diel migration of plankton over the course of this 12-month study.
BioSonics DT-X SUB is a programmable, autonomous scientific echosounder often used where tether cables to the surface are impractical. The DT-X SUB is ideal for deployments on moorings, ROV/AUVs, towed vehicles, and/or seafloor observatories. Echosounder duty cycle can be programmed to extend battery life for long-term studies. A single DT-X SUB echosounder can operate up to nine split beam transducers of various frequencies.
The DT-X SUB allows for long-term data collection in previously inaccessible, deep water environments, and studies of temporal distribution and marine organism behavioral patterns. Learn more about the DT-X SUB. Ocean Sonics Battery Packs are easy to handle and service. Each pack uses 72 standard D-cell units, with options for Alkaline or Lithium. The packs are available in two depth ratings; 200m and 3500m rated with titanium endcap and bottom. Lightweight glass fiber composite case eliminates cathodic issues found with metal cans. The endcap connector guard doubles as a lever making the release of the endcap a low-effort and safe procedure and the levers act as carrying handles for easy transport. Learn more about Ocean Sonics Battery Packs.
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