Remote acoustic sizing of tethered fish using broadband acoustics

Rokas Kubilius*, Benoît Bergès, Gavin J. Macaulay

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Remote fish sizing is desirable in fisheries (e.g., pre-catch) and research (e.g., platforms without biological sampling capacity) applications. In those contexts, the high spatial resolution of pulse compressed broadband echoes combined with narrow beamwidth transducers makes it feasible to resolve the scattering from different parts of the fish body and hence can be used to measure the body size. A motorized apparatus was used to suspend individual fish in the acoustic beam of two laterally oriented transducers (45–90 kHz, 160–260 kHz, 12.2 m range) with precise control of rotation angle. Broadband scattering was measured from tethered Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), saithe (Pollachius virens), and pollack (Pollachius pollachius) ranging in standard length from 239 to 491 mm as a function of orientation angle to validate sizing based on the acoustic resolution of fish body parts. Under these controlled conditions, fish size was underestimated by 11–19 mm, varying with broadband pulse characteristics, orientation angle, species, and fish size. The best remote acoustic sizing results were obtained using 160–260 kHz pulses with a slow rise and fall of pulse amplitude (aka, taper).

Original languageEnglish
Article number106585
JournalFisheries Research
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Acoustic
  • Broadband
  • Echosounder
  • Fish
  • Size


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