Generating a time budget is a necessary step in the survey design process (Table 4). With a detailed budget, you can quickly determine whether additional time is needed to meet survey objectives or whether achieving multiple objectives is not feasible with available time. Necessary considerations or inputs include:
amount of total time available (if fixed), including any diel considerations
logistic constraints associated with docking, accommodations, etc.
optimal vessel speed during acoustic survey and transit
time required for individual tasks (e.g., trawling, stationary sounding)