Volunteer Scuba Divers sharpen their fish sizing skills
(Nov. 10, 2014)
The Marine Reserve Program’s team of volunteer scientific SCUBA divers hit the water last week for some practice dives at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Using life-sized plastic fish cut-outs (pictured here) set up in an obstacle course divers tested their skills estimating fish lengths. Training dives like this are important to ensure we get the most accurate measurements when surveying the marine reserves. Divers estimated fish length accurately to within 1 cm. Great job divers and thanks to the Aquarium for letting us in their tank! We hope to have them conduct fish surveys in Cape Falcon Marine Reserve later this month when we get a break in the weather.