Body Recovery and Lake Trout Research Case Studies – WDNR

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Body Recovery and Lake Trout Research Case Studies – WDNR

Postby scott_bentley » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:43 pm

Body Recovery and Lake Trout Research Case Studies – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Thomas Wrasse, Conservation Warden Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, retired
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns several VideoRay ROVs acquired over the years, and uses them for a wide variety of underwater tasks. VideoRays can accomplish many tasks more rapidly, efficiently, and safely than using divers or other tools, and have been an important tool for the DNR. This presentation will highlight two very different applications.

All too often the DNR is tasked with locating lost and missing persons, rescuing those in danger and occasionally having to do a body recovery. In this case a missing person call turned to tragedy and a body recovery. A VideoRay was deployed to the location equipped with scanning sonar. The operator and gear were quickly loaded onto a boat and the victim was recovered within an hour.

Another responsibility of the DNR is husbandry of lake trout – particularly a unique strain located only in Wisconsin. In this case overview a VideoRay equipped with multi-beam sonar was used to monitor fyke nets used to capture the fish, check the health of the fish in the nets’ pot, and to verify the existence of free swimming fish along spawning grounds. The process will be explained, along with lessons learned on ROV deployment.
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Postby scott_bentley » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:00 pm

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Supervisor – Retired

Tom brings to the table over 30 years of conservation law enforcement experience with nearly 25 of those in supervision. Tom received recognition for his work above and beyond with the prestigious Shikar Safari International Wildlife Officer of the Year award, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Officer of the Year Award and several intra-departmental recognitions. It wasn’t until about 6 years ago that he found a piece of equipment that improved efficiency and effectiveness of officers across all fields. While conservation law enforcement has always involved water related investigations the subsurface has been largely overlooked. Tom recognized the capabilities of the VideoRay as being an opportunity to venture into the unknown. As team leader for operations Tom has trained and guided staff in successful missions in body recoveries and cross program integrated work.
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Re: Body Recovery and Lake Trout Research Case Studies – WDN

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