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The Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium (SEAC) is a working group that brings together academic institutions, federal and regional fisheries and environmental management agencies, and private industry that conduct acoustics research in the coastal environments of the U.S. from North Carolina to Texas and the U.S. Caribbean.

2020 Workshop

The SEAC 2020 Workshop and Forum is scheduled for March 2-4 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Read more in Workshops & Reports below.

About SEAC

Active acoustics (i.e., fisheries sonar, echosounders) are integral to research and management of fishery stocks in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and New England. Underwater acoustic sensors are also being deployed as part of integrated ocean observatories and energy development platforms (e.g., tidal and wind power facilities) in the mid-Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Applications of active acoustics are less developed in the Southeast United States, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium brings together stakeholders from academia, government and industry to advance this field.

Objectives

  • To inventory activities, interest, expertise, and assets related to active acoustics
  • To inform regional managers and science leads on the state of the science and emerging acoustic - technologies
  • To identify data gaps and management needs and the potential to fill those gaps using acoustic technologies
  • To encourage education and training through academic and research opportunities

Workshops & Reports

  • 2020 SEAC Workshop

    The 2020 SEAC Workshop and Forum will be held at the Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 2-4. The goal of SEAC workshops is to grow a network of experts, practitioners and data users to advance the use of acoustic technologies to address fisheries and ecosystem management challenges in the Southeast and Gulf continental shelf and US Caribbean. 

    As with previous workshops, we are striving for a registration-free meeting and seeking contributions from agencies and partners to defray costs to participants. Invitations and calls for presentations will be sent early in 2020. The workshop will include formal presentations and informal discussion and demonstration of emerging sonar and passive acoustic sensors. Coordinated training sessions for acoustic data processing by Echoview and other vendors are also being discussed. Please contact the planning team with interest.

  • 2016 SEAC Workshop

    In March 2016, more than 50 scientists and members of industry gathered at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida for presentations, discussions, and hands-on gear demonstrations, with research and technological innovation themes centered around the SEAC objectives. Two days of talks were kicked off by keynote speaker Steve Murawski, University of South Florida College of Marine Science. Live demonstrations occurred on the third day and featured several sonars, an autonomous vehicle, and a tour of the University of South Florida’s research vessel Weatherbird II.

    The SEAC remains thankful for broad support received from agencies, universities, and industry partners, including CSA Ocean Sciences, Echoview, Florida International University, Klein Associates, Kongsberg Maritime Simrad, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Carolina Sea Grant, QPS, and our hosts at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    2016 Meeting Agenda

  • 2015 SEAC Report on Activities
  • 2014 SEAC Workshop

    In early April 2014, more than 50 scientists and members of industry gathered for presentations, discussion and hands-on acoustic gear demonstrations, with research and technological innovation themes centered around the SEAC objectives listed here. Two days of talks were kicked off by plenary speakers Richard Love, U.S. Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity, retired, and Alex DeRobertis, NOAA NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Live demonstrations occurred on the third day, and featured half a dozen manufacturers and vendors.

    The SEAC group is very thankful for broad support received from agencies, universities, and industry partners, as well as our hosts, Gulf Coast State College and the NOAA NMFS Panama City Lab.

    2014 SEAC Report

  • 2013 SEAC Report on Activities
  • 2012 SEAC Workshop

    A kick-off workshop and forum convened in March 2012 on the Florida International University campus in Miami, Florida. The workshop was a great success, with representation from federal, state and local agencies, academic scientists, and industry partners. The meeting consisted of presentations and discussion sessions aimed at highlighting the state-of-the-science, organized around SEAC objectives and resource management drivers.

    2012 Meeting Report

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