During surveys, you’ll record the species, size, sex, time and depth that you see these fish. The indicator species that we look for are species of groupers, snappers, emperors, and trevallies. Fish identification is a large aspect of what it means to be a scientific diver, and by the end of your course, you’ll be able to identify these fish in the water!
Did you see the black tip shark on the BRUV footage?
You’ll use this knowledge of indicator species when it comes to roving surveys, but also when you watch our Baited Remote Underwater Video Camera (BRUV) footage. The BRUV is used to record any sharks that might be in the area – Blacktip reef sharks are more commonly seen on our BRUV footage than while we are diving, because they tend to be a little bit shyer. During your scientific diver course, you’ll see how the BRUV is deployed and recovered as well as help record the data for each BRUV drop. After the BRUV footage has been taken, we watch the footage and record all of the indicator species that also might make an appearance!