Artificial Intelligence: AI To Log Fishing Effort In Oregon

The Environmental Defense Fund’s new platform uses smart cameras and artificial intelligence to get a handle on fishing activity.

How do you estimate and account for how much fishing – recreational or commercial – is actually going on in your friendly neighborhood ocean? That information is central to measuring catch and ultimately, the sustainability of the fish and marine life. The EDF launched today its SmartPass fishery monitoring system that combines the use of shore-based cameras, AI, and automated image analysis to monitor fishing effort. (Portland Local News)

Fishing in Oregon

EDF and its partners — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), CVision AI, Teem Fish Monitoring and Snap IT — developed SmartPass over the last two years.

According to the EDF, recreational fishing attracted 8.6 million anglers in 2017. It generated $73.8 billion in sales, $41.5 billion in value-added impacts, and $24.7 billion in income. Furthermore, it supported 487,000 jobs in the United States.

“SmartPass aims to bring new technology to an old challenge. How to accurately account for the level of recreational and commercial fishing in the ocean,” said Sepp Haukebo, senior manager of Recreational Fisheries Solutions for EDF. “SmartPass applies technological advancements, such as machine learning, that have been applied across numerous other fields of study to improve fishery management cost-effectively.”

How it works

The surveyors strategically mount the smart cameras on the shore. They overlook a coastal bottleneck such as a “pass,” river mouth, or harbor, through which fishing vessels must pass.

The SmartPass approach captures, records, and stores video of these vessels. It uploads the data to the cloud where machine learning algorithms generate reports of fishing activity.

Thereafter, this data is combined with the average catch per vessel determined by shore-based interviews of returning vessels. The result gives the officials a fair idea of the total fishing catch.

Recreation and conservation

“The more accurate and efficient we can be with our ocean counts of recreational boat trips, the better we can manage the fisheries for recreational anglers and conservation needs,” said Eric Schindler, the project leader of the Ocean Sampling Project for ODFW. “We are very hopeful that SmartPass will provide us an accurate count of boats going out so we can focus more of our staff time on interviewing anglers dockside to get an average catch per boat and other biological data needed for fish management.”

Related Story:  The Norwegian AI Lab Helps Salmon Aquaculture

Free Industry News

Subscribe to our free newsletter for updates and news about alternatives investments.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Latest Alternative Investment News
Digital Assets: Corporates Buy More Bitcoin – MicroStrategy $1B; Square $170M
February 24, 2021     Digital Assets, News

MicroStrategy describes bitcoin as “a dependable store of value.” In an announcement today, MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) said it had invested an additional $1.026 billion in the purchase of 19,452 bitcoins…
Venture Capital: Klarna’s Funding Binge On Course For A $1B Raise
February 24, 2021     FinTech, Latest News, News

Bloomberg reports that Klarna Bank AB, the Swedish fintech startup that was valued at $10.65 billion in September, may raise another $1 billion. But this time its valuation could be…
FinTech: Tyme Raises $110M For Its Bank In South Africa, ASEAN Expansion
February 24, 2021     FinTech, News

Tyme has partnered with JG Summit to Launch Digital Bank for the Philippines. Digital banking network Tyme announced Tuesday its raise of $110 million from new investors Apis Growth Fund…
Artificial Intelligence: Former Google CEO Schmidt Sounds The Alarm On China’s Prowess In AI
February 24, 2021     Artificial Intelligence, News

Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) from 2001 through 2011, warned Tuesday that the United States is “one or two years ahead of China, not five or…