Kathryn Carovano, Tim Carroll
Saltwater Inc. has developed a new electronic monitoring system that is low power, easy to install, and delivers very high quality imagery. The system uses high-resolution, digital IP (internet protocol) video cameras that record up to 30 times more detail than traditional analog technology and are designed to withstand extreme environments. The system has an integrated GPS receiver, wifi connectivity, and unique compression technology that reduces data storage requirements.
The system was developed with fishermen and has been deployed on boats fishing from the West Coast, the Gulf of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. In a competitive process NMFS has chosen this system for multi- year projects in Alaska and Florida.
The review software is free and easy to use. It allows viewers to “speed review” at up to 8 times the recording speed, advance review to pre-determined event triggers, and freeze frame features to zoom in on both moving video and paused frames. Reviewers can also set motion windows to recognize activity in areas of interest during post-processing.