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The research team towed a low-frequency broadband imaging sonar near fish schools.

Fishing with Sound

Scientists have adapted a low-frequency sonar system—originally designed to survey seafloor geology—to identify fish and zooplankton. The research team towed a low-frequency broadband imaging sonar near schools of fish. For comparison, they also collected sound data from a conventional high-frequency, hull-mounted fish-finding sonar system. Trawls collected fish for "ground truth"; that is, to see if the schools of fish shown by sonar matched the reality in the water. (Illustration by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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