Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) is a non-invasive research method used to monitor and understand seasonal habitat use, species abundance and diversity in marine ecosystems.

From an educational perspective BRUV is a powerful outreach tool offering the public a fascinating glimpse into the rarely seen underwater world. This unique insight can be used to foster a sense of stewardship amongst communities, encouraging responsible use of marine resources.

Research Aims

BRUV research at SASC is focused on:

  1. the collection of baseline species diversity and abundance data;
  2. investigating the effectiveness of different marine management regimes, including seasonal MPAs; and
  3. predator-prey community structure.

Research Techniques

Each season we deploy approximately 148 BRUVs in our study area, which extends across the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot region, from Betty's Bay MPA to Quoin Point in the Western Cape, South Africa. Using standardized equipment and methods, BRUV is a valuable tool used to attract and record organisms, including cryptic species which may be disturbed by traditional research methods. Long-term BRUV provides an efficient and reliable method of ongoing ecosystem assessment that can be used to inform fisheries and conservation management.

Our BRUV project has been running since 2012 and has contributed data to several Post Graduate research projects.