UD researchers develop app to protect Delaware Bay sturgeon - Technical.ly Delaware


Apr. 19, 2018 7:56 am

UD researchers develop app to protect Delaware Bay sturgeon

With the help of big data, UD's Marine Science program is hoping to boost local populations of the prehistoric fish.

UD's Matthew Oliver demonstrates the sturgeon-saving system.

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Fishermen in the Delaware Bay don’t want to catch the endangered Atlantic sturgeon, both for the obvious conservation reasons and because accidentally catching them can hurt their bottom line.

Researchers at the University of Delaware have been using big data to develop a tool that can reduce the interaction between fishers and sturgeon by combining it with Earth observations, as explained by Dr. Matthew Oliver, associate professor at UD’s School of Marine Science and Policy, in this video from UDaily:

The application could eventually be used by both state agencies and commercial fishers as part of recovery efforts for the Atlantic sturgeon, one of the oldest known species of fish, which can weigh up to 800 pounds and have a lifespan of 60 years.

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