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What can cameras on boats do to turn the tide on declining fish stocks? It turns out – a lot. https://t.co/hUYCw0hcbx

What can cameras on boats do to turn the tide on declining fish stocks? It turns out – a lot. https://t.co/hUYCw0hcbx

Every fishery has unique characteristics, so in 2014, TNC launched testing on the West Coast of the United States, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund and the California Groundfish Collective. That fishery’s management council requires every trip to have a human observer on board to verify discards as well as individuals on shore checking the catch. Data from six vessels off the California coast also showed no significant difference between traditional logbook estimates and records from reviewing onboard camera videos. Fishers saw some other differences, though: They found that cameras were significantly cheaper and allowed them to fish when they—and the weather—were ready, rather than having to wait and pay for a human observer. Cameras also took up less boat space; California fisherman Geoff Bettencourt was able to sleep in his own bunk again after surrenderin...

Full article: https://www.nature.org/magazine/archives/counting-on-fish...

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