Monitoring and collecting data on targeted fish catch
Monitoring and collecting data on targeted fish catch and unintended bycatch is necessary to ensure our fisheries are sustainable. In the past, humans have monitored fishing activities on vessels, but this is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous.
Cameras are increasingly being installed on fishing vessels to monitor what is being caught, but the video is still labour-intensive to manually watch.
Using AI software to automate the fish monitoring process
The MVT team at CSIRO is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to automate the fisheries monitoring process. The species recognition software called WANDA will increase coverage, reduce costs to managers and industry and will ultimately provide consumers with more information on the source of their seafood.
The new technology developed by CSIRO called WANDA uses AI technology to recognise different species of fish as it is caught in real time.
WANDA will 'see' what is caught, identify where and when, and store the information. It will help managers and scientists better understand stock status of fish populations and initiate timely interventions and compliance measures. This will help fisheries managers and regulators ensure environmental sustainability.
Recognising different species of fish in real time
Additional development and use of physical electronic tags and cloud-based data storage this breakthrough technology could enable industry, wholesalers and retailers to track the provenance of seafood through the supply chain, from boat to plate.