Using Technology to Assess the Invasive Sea Squirt, Didemnum vexillum, Impacts on Fisheries and Ecosystems

PI: Franz Hover, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Robert Whitlatch, University of Connecticut, Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine, Judith Pederson, MIT Sea Grant

Project Number:2010-R/RCM-29-REG

Start Date:2010-02-01End Date:2014-01-31

Proposal Summary

Researchers will develop and test optical sensors for rapid spatial surveys that detect the invasive sea squirt, Didemnum. The sensors will be adapted for MITSG’s autonomous underwater vehicle Odyssey IV, with the long-term goal of refining the conceptual model of Didemnum as an ecological engineer and exploring options for ecosystem-based management that evaluate the impact of Didemnum and help fisheries managers ensure a sustainable fishery.

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