Tools like EcoCast are helping pave way for fishermen and scientists to realize the benefits of “big data.”
In an article by the Washington Post, “big data” is making strides in management and conservation efforts.
Thanks to satellite phones and other advances in communication technologies, managers and regulators are able to quickly communicate “fishing forecasts” with fishermen on the water. By making use of the massive amounts of the government’s ocean data, scientists can help fishermen determine areas they should fish to catch their target species. Likewise, the same data can help fishermen avoid areas where there might be high bycatch.
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