Tech for tuna

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

Cam­eras are record­ing ev­ery­thing that comes over the rail and onto the deck of a few dozen tuna boats loaded with mo­tion sen­sors and GPS sys­tems in the western Pa­cific Ocean. The goal of The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy’s project is to get the record­ing sys­tems on thou­sands of tuna boats in the Palau long­line fleet. The chal­lenge is re­view­ing the video: about 800 hours of footage from each two-month fish­ing trip. This month the non­profit en­vi­ron­men­tal group is launch­ing a $150,000 prize for ma­chine-learn­ing soft­ware that can spot tur­tles, shark finning and un­der­sized tuna be­ing il­le­gally reeled in.

At left, a close-up look in­side a Satlink high def­i­ni­tion elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing cam­era be­fore it was in­stalled on a long­line tuna boat in Palau. Cam­eras are record­ing ev­ery­thing that comes over the rail and onto the deck of a few dozen tuna boats loaded with mo­tion sen­sors and GPS sys­tems in the western Pa­cific Ocean. The goal of The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy’s project is to get the record­ing sys­tems on thou­sands of tuna boats in the Palau long­line fleet.

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