In-Situ Plankton Imaging and Images Analysis

Plankton

Bellamare manufactures in-situ plankton imagers used to study and monitor plankton populations. The company also provides services to analyze images gathered with the ISIIS plankton imaging system.

ISIIS plankton imagers provides information relating to ocean health, global warming, ocean acidification, invasive species or other ecological issues.

Plankton is at the base of the food chain in the oceans. The small phytoplankton, by extracting energy from the sunlight and available nutrients, will feed zooplankton which will then sustain a large and very diverse community of ocean creatures from the smaller sardines to the most charismatic mega-faunas like sharks, tunas, and whales. No plankton means no life in the Ocean.

The monitoring of plankton population as well as the knowledge of plankton population dynamic help scientists gain a better understanding of the ocean’s ability to sustain fisheries resources.

Bellamare has designed a shadowgraph imaging system able to sample large volume of water at high speed for zooplankton ecology.

It is complementing and sometimes replacing traditional net sampling techniques for the study, monitoring and management of fisheries resource and environmental impacts studies (such as oil-spills and coastal developments for example).

So more users can benefit from faster data collection and analysis, we also focus on providing automated plankton sorting solutions.