Bot Meets Whale: Best Practices for Mitigating Negative Interactions Between Marine Mammals and MicroROVs.
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Parsons, E. C. M.
de Vos, Asha
Rose, Naomi A.
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Low-cost, portable, observation-class, underwater remotely operated vehicles (microROVs), which can be transported and operated by a single user, are increasingly common tools in scientific, industrial, commercial, and recreational ocean application. Over the last decade, the use of microROVs has boomed; four microROV manufacturers were poised to ship over 10,000 “underwater drones” in 2018 (Thaler, personal observation). This nascent industry provides an affordable underwater observation solution for marine science, conservation, education, and citizen science programs, as well as community groups and other stakeholders wishing to conduct independentmarine environmental surveys and provides users with an opportunity to viewmarine wildlife with minimal disturbance (Figure 1). This surge in the availability of microROVs also presents several new challenges to marine species. As more robots enter the water, often in the hands of inexperienced recreational users, there is incre.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
CitationThaler, A., Parsons, E.C.M., de Vos, A., Rose, N.A., Smith, C. and Fretz, D. (2019) Bot Meets Whale: Best Practices for Mitigating Negative Interactions Between Marine Mammals and MicroROVs. Frontiers in Marine Science. 6:506, 5pp. DOI: | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00506
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