Quantification of Chaoborus and small fish by mobile upward-looking echosounding

Uplooking echosounding for Chaoborus and small fish

Submitted: 7 June 2018
Accepted: 29 November 2018
Published: 3 December 2018
Abstract Views: 1792
PDF: 465
HTML: 24
Publisher's note
All claims expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of their affiliated organizations, or those of the publisher, the editors and the reviewers. Any product that may be evaluated in this article or claim that may be made by its manufacturer is not guaranteed or endorsed by the publisher.


Chaoborus larvae inhabit frequently the water column of lakes, when they can be mistaken for small fish. Because larvae ascend up to the blind zone of downward-looking echo sounding at night, quantitative acoustic estimation of them is possible only with upward-looking approach. For this reason, the mobile hydroacoustic upward-looking system (120 and 38 kHz split-beam echosounder) in combination with a direct catch method (trawling) was tested to investigate the night community of invertebrates and juvenile fish in the surface layer of the Římov reservoir (Czech Republic). In the target strength range of invertebrates (smaller than -59 dB), the 38 kHz echosounder recorded only a small proportion of targets while the 120 kHz echosounder recorded distinct peaks corresponding to high densities of Chaoborus (target strength, TS range -70 to -60 dB, average TS -66 to -64 dB). At 120 kHz frequency, the TS distribution of smaller cohort of juvenile fish (<25 mm in length) overlapped the TS-distribution of Chaoborus. The number of these smaller juvenile fish was so small compared with the number of Chaoborus that they did not seriously bias acoustic Chaoborus estimate. The correlation between the density of Chaoborus with small contamination of juvenile fish larvae from trawling and acoustic recording made with the 120 kHz echosounder was high (R2= 0.88), but the acoustic densities from trace counting appeared to underestimate Chaoborus abundance when the density was > 1.5 ind.m-3



PlumX Metrics


Download data is not yet available.


Edited by

Pietro Volta, CNR-IRSA Verbania, Italy

Supporting Agencies

ERDF/ESF project Biomanipulation as a tool for improving water quality of dam reservoirs (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007417) and project CZ.1.05/3.1.00/10.0214 technology transfer, Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia – project GAJU 158/2016/P
Helge Balk, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice

Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway

Jan Kubecka, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice

University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science

Institute of Hydrobiology, Czech Academy of Sciences, director

How to Cite

Baran, Roman, Michal Tušer, Helge Balk, Petr Blabolil, Martin Čech, Vladislav Draštík, Jaroslava Frouzova, Tomáš Jůza, and Jan Kubecka. 2018. “Quantification of Chaoborus and Small Fish by Mobile Upward-Looking Echosounding: Uplooking Echosounding for Chaoborus and Small Fish”. Journal of Limnology 78 (1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2018.1837.

List of Cited By :

Crossref logo