The primary purpose of the PAMGUARD CODA field trial was twofold: 1. To test PAMGUARD software offshore in order to find bugs and ‘Ruggedise’ the software. 2. To collect data on the detection efficiency and localisation accuracy for multiple species. The PAMGUARD software was run at sea both by one of the PAMGUARD developers and by a professional marine mammal observer with experience of other commonly used PAM software packages. It was also used offline by an inexperienced operator. All three operators found the system user friendly and were able to track sperm whales and dolphins with ease.
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