6. Research Vessels

We use one large and two small research vessels for the project, which generally have individual field roles but work together to operate each trial.

All vessels are also involved with the deployment of equipment such as hydrophone buoys and their moorings, and autonamous acoustic recorders.

Ash Dar S is a 19m Westcoaster used as the experimental source vessel for operating the seismic airgun.Beluga, a 6m rigid hull inflatable, and Carmena, a 5.6m aluminium centre console boat, are used for tagging, behavioural observations, photo ID and blow sampling.

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