Professional Spotlight: Santa Cruz Harbor Sediment Mapping

Blake Anderson is the harbormaster at the Santa Cruz Harbor in California. As harbormaster he oversees all the operations of the harbor, harbor patrol staff, which includes search and rescue, law enforcement and public safety. He also oversees administration of about 1000 boat slips and day to day operations of the harbor. 6 years ago, Blake was faced with the challenge of rapidly mapping the constant shifting sand shoals in the harbor and turned his attention to BioBase as a potentially rapid mapping system

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What Sonar Do I Need for BioBase Mapping? – Updated

What kind of sonar hardware should I buy for BioBase Mapping is the most common question we are asked. Admittedly, continual change in technology, products, and features can be intimidating and sometimes confusing. With this blog, we focus on what you need to know to get started with BioBase

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Archiving Trips

Archiving trips is crucial to data management on the BioBase platform, it also allows users the ability to remove old trips from their dashboard and to free up storage. The archive feature is a powerful tool for users who manage many waterbodies and have multiple sets of trips on the same waterbody.

To archive trips, first open the waterbody you want to archive trips on and locate the trip you want to archive.

Archive Trip Button
Locate the archive trip button below the thumbnail of the trip.

Once you click archive trip, a dialog box will pop up making sure you understand all processed layers and information will be archived. You must click “OK” in order to proceed with the archive.

Archive Trip Dialog Box
Archive trip dialog box will pop up

Once you clicked “OK” to archive the trip, the trip should be removed from your dashboard. If that was the only trip or the last trip on the waterbody, the waterbody should also be removed from your dashboard.

To see your archived trips, click “Archived Trips”

The archived trips dashboard will look just like your normal dashboard but contains all your archived trips. To get back to your normal dashboard you just need to click dashboard in the upper right hand corner.

Archived trip dashboard
Archived Trip Dashboard


In order to restore archived trips back to your dashboard. Click the trip you want to unarchive and instead of “analyze/edit” the button should say “restore”. After clicking the restore button the trip will be reprocessed and appear on your dashboard shortly. For more information on Archiving trips click the “ask the experts” button or reach out to us by email.

Restore Button
Clicking the restore button will unarchive your trip.

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The automated mapping platform, BioBase ( is a central pillar of Navico’s Sustainability Mission Navico’s Sustainability Page and we offer it for free to Environmental, Government, and Research Agencies. For a free trial or if you think you may qualify for a free EcoSound Habitat Plus Subscription – BioBase Plans

Professional Spotlight – LakeTech – Eli Kersh

Professional Spotlight BioBase

Eli Kersh started a consulting firm, e-limnology, in 2016 and used it to provide services for customers as a side business where his current employer had gaps. He primarily provided mapping for customers and his business took off. Eventually he found a niche and e-limnology transformed into its current form Lake Tech. Lake Tech is on the forefront of new products and technologies for lake management. He is always trying to have a practical approach to lake management and rely heavily on new technologies that demonstrate value and ultimately simplifies lake management to make it more accessible to the public.

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Purchase or Renew Subscriptions Online

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Did you know that you can Purchase or renew your BioBase subscription and purchase other features right from your account page online? Below you will see some step by step instructions on how to renew your EcoSound subscription, expand your storage totals, and even purchase GIS services. You may notice a new login page if you haven’t visited BioBase in awhile and you can read about the updates here.

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Hardware Purchasing Program

As part of Navico’s sustainability mission, select BioBase customer are eligible for up to 35% off select hardware. With a quick and easy application process you can gain access to the customer portal that includes tailored discounts on any Navico branded product.

Lowrance, Simard, B&G, C-Map, JL Audio
Navico’s Core Brands

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BioBase Tips & Tricks – Mapping Water Temperature Data

BioBase is full of features but not all of them are well known or used often. This post is to walk you thought a step by step process of pulling surface water temperature from your CSV BioBase data.

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BioBase Website Update

At BioBase, ease of use, organization, and user experience are top priorities.  Our team has been hard at work updating the user-interface to improve the users account profile and details experience. The result is a sleek, user friendly dashboard and account profile.  Now you can maximize your BioBase experience by changing user preferences with ease for any use case.

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Mapping and avoiding dense weed beds to get an edge while yacht racing

By Herb Garcia

Sailing enthusiast and BioBase Ambassador

Lake Minnetonka is one of the largest and most heavily used recreational lakes in Minnesota and is composed of an interconnected system of bays (Figure 1). Every summer, a rooted invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil creates thick bottom to surface mats in many areas of the lake. While these mats may occur anywhere on the lake, they generally are thickest in certain shallow areas such as the Diamond Reef area in the main lake of Lake Minnetonka (officially described as Lower Lake North). This reef is popular with anglers, power boaters, and sailors. On any given night or weekend, well over a hundred keelboats may take part in regular club racing events or regattas here. World class level sailors, including Olympic champions, America’s Cup, and other accomplished sailors regularly race on the lake and the competition can be intense. When competition is tight, every advantage is important.

Figure 1. Lake Minnetonka; a popular recreational and fishing lake just west of the Twin City metropolitan area of Minnesota. The red box highlights an area popular with boaters, anglers, and sailors. The blue contoured areas represent areas uploaded and processed by anglers using the Genesis mapping service and aggregated into the C-MAP social map. Social maps can also be viewed in the C-MAP App.

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Feature Alert: Add Manual Depth Points to BioBase Maps

Lake, pond, and river mapping with off-the-shelf powerful technology like Lowrance® and BioBase™ has democratized the previously complex and expensive process of creating detailed and accurate bathymetric maps. BioBase continues to deliver new features that empower biologists, researchers, service providers, and surveyors to create better maps for their stakeholders and clients. Today, we announce the launch of a new feature that allows users to add manual depth values to their BioBase map. This is an important feature for those mapping large areas too shallow for sonar to deliver a reliable signal. This is a common occurrence in ponds and small rivers. Below we walk you through how this feature works

Right click in an area of your BioBase map where you’d like to add a manual depth value

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