Development of Automated Tools for Underwater Photographic Analysis:Improving Visual Survey Methods for Groundfish and reef Fish Using the SeaBED AUV

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the PIFSC and the NWFSC we have developed an AUV for conducting high resolution optical imaging surveys. This platform is now routinely collecting thousands of images per dive. This proposal is an attempt to standardize and develop the tools required to deal with such datasets within the constraints and requirements of the end users.