National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


Autonomous Vehicles Help Scientists Estimate Fish Abundance While Protecting Human Health and Safety

Scientists are capitalizing on existing technological capabilities and partnerships to collect fisheries data. This will help fill the information gap resulting from the cancellation of FY20 ship-based surveys due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NOAA Fisheries plans to use autonomous surface vehicles to collect some critically needed data to support management of the nation’s largest commercial fishery for Alaska pollock. Eugene Burger, ITAE, and EDD are featured. 



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