Quantification of Chaoborus and small fish by mobile upward-looking echosounding

Uplooking echosounding for Chaoborus and small fish

  • Roman Baran Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Michal Tušer Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Helge Balk Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Petr Blabolil Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Martin Čech Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Vladislav Draštík Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Jaroslava Frouzova Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Tomáš Jůza Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Jan Kubecka | kubecka@hbu.cas.cz Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czechia. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9203-4854

Abstract

Chaoborus larvae inhabit frequently the water column of lakes, when they can be mistaken for small fish. Because larvae ascend up to the blind zone of downward-looking echo sounding at night, quantitative acoustic estimation of them is possible only with upward-looking approach. For this reason, the mobile hydroacoustic upward-looking system (120 and 38 kHz split-beam echosounder) in combination with a direct catch method (trawling) was tested to investigate the night community of invertebrates and juvenile fish in the surface layer of the Římov reservoir (Czech Republic). In the target strength range of invertebrates (smaller than -59 dB), the 38 kHz echosounder recorded only a small proportion of targets while the 120 kHz echosounder recorded distinct peaks corresponding to high densities of Chaoborus (target strength, TS range -70 to -60 dB, average TS -66 to -64 dB). At 120 kHz frequency, the TS distribution of smaller cohort of juvenile fish (<25 mm in length) overlapped the TS-distribution of Chaoborus. The number of these smaller juvenile fish was so small compared with the number of Chaoborus that they did not seriously bias acoustic Chaoborus estimate. The correlation between the density of Chaoborus with small contamination of juvenile fish larvae from trawling and acoustic recording made with the 120 kHz echosounder was high (R2= 0.88), but the acoustic densities from trace counting appeared to underestimate Chaoborus abundance when the density was > 1.5 ind.m-3

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Author Biographies

Helge Balk, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice

Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway

Jan Kubecka, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice

University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science

Institute of Hydrobiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, director

Published
2018-12-03
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Pietro Volta, CNR-IRSA Verbania, Italy
Supporting Agencies
ERDF/ESF project Biomanipulation as a tool for improving water quality of dam reservoirs (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007417) and project CZ.1.05/3.1.00/10.0214 technology transfer, Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia – project GAJU 158/2016/P
Keywords:
Římov reservoir, juvenile fish, invertebrate, trawling, hydroacoustics, target strength
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Baran R, Tušer M, Balk H, Blabolil P, Čech M, Draštík V, Frouzova J, Jůza T, Kubecka J. Quantification of Chaoborus and small fish by mobile upward-looking echosounding: Uplooking echosounding for Chaoborus and small fish. J Limnol [Internet]. 2018Dec.3 [cited 2020Jul.14];78(1). Available from: https://jlimnol.it/index.php/jlimnol/article/view/jlimnol.2018.1837