FISHERIES SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT
Hydrographic data coupled directly with fine scale catch data is a key step forward in the implementation of Ecosystem based fisheries management.The oceanographic data measured with the sensors can be directly correlated to the catches, meaning a much better view on when and where which fish species are. This means that quotas can be improved and that by-catch can be avoided more effectively. Leading to an overall improvement of ocean health.
Fishermen getting paid to collect data, and doing it on their own terms flips the current paradigm of top-down fisheries data collection. Involving fishermen in the scientific process leads to increased stakeholder involvement, improved dialogue between fishermen and scientists, and ultimately better compliance to regulations.
Increased insights for scientists, more precise and higher average quotas for fishermen.