BRUVS Surveys

Although SCUBA fish surveys are common, collect good data and are FUN, they can be resource, time and money intensive. Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) are a method of sampling fish populations remotely i.e. without entering the water, thereby reducing many of the costs and logistical difficulties of SCUBA surveys.  BRUVS use bait, most commonly sardines, to attract fish which are then recorded by a video camera.  The primary advantage of BRUVS over more traditional fish survey techniques such as visual census (i.e. SCUBA surveys) is that they can attract cryptic animals or species usually too shy to emerge around divers, which are often overlooked in traditional SCUBA surveys.