Support for the monitoring of biodiversity in marine protected areas using BRUV and support for the course “stereo-video techniques for marine ecology studies”

Location: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil.

Partner: Federal University of São Paulo Ecology and Marine Conservation Laboratory – LABECMAR/UNIFESP.

Date: July 2017

LABECMAR/UNIFESP, in partnership with UFRJ and UFABC, conducts a biodiversity monitoring program in Marine Protected Areas in the state of São Paulo (Laje de Santos Marine State Park and Tupinambás and Tupiniquins Federal Ecological Stations). This initiative is aimed at generating technical support for periodic assessments of the effectiveness of these areas and consolidating a scientific platform applied to these protected areas, thus contributing to the adaptive management of these conservation units. LABECMAR is also part of the Rede Abrolhos (Abrolhos Network) and in partnership with the UNESP Elasmobranch Laboratory, São Paulo Coastal Campus, and UFRJ, has focused on improving the monitoring of reef fish in São Paulo and on the Abrolhos Bank in Bahia. The group has developed the use of BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video). A particular characteristic of BRUV is the analytical work carried out after the images have been captured, which requires specific software and manpower trained in the recognition of ictyofauna and the use of the program. In this regard, in 2017 the Linha D’Água Institute supported the installation of an image processing unit at LABECMAR with the acquisition of the software and support for the organization of an extension course (“Stereo-Video Techniques for Marine Ecology Studies”) aimed at training students and researchers in the use of this tool.