In the News
Here’s the latest Saltwater Inc. news and events of note…
Saltwater Offers Fresh Eyes Aboard Swordfish Vessels
The Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) has worked for multiple years to develop low-impact fishing methods for small boats fishing for swordfish on the West Coast. Recently they gave Saltwater the opportunity to design and test a “small boat” EM system as part of a project to compare EM and observer data for the fishery. Learn More
Testing EM in the Menhaden Fishery
Saltwater was recently awarded a ProTech contract by the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation to deploy an EM system along with Protected Species Observers on a Gulf of Mexico menhaden purse seiner. This will be part of a Proof of Concept that will test various approaches to monitoring sea turtle interactions in this fishery. Depending on the results, additional vessels may be equipped with EM systems and deployed with observers under a pilot project in the coming year. This is one of 18 projects included under the Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group Restoration Plan.
LocationGulf of Mexico
Saltwater Wins Ocean Stewardship Fund Grant
Saltwater was among 20 organizations recently selected to receive a grant from the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Ocean Stewardship Fund – a fund dedicated to enabling and supporting sustainable fishing around the world. This year, the Fund prioritized research into observer safety given the critical role that fishery observers play in providing data used to verify that fisheries are operating responsibly. The grant will support Saltwater working in collaboration with Chordata, LLC, to create a ‘one-touch’ observer communications platform. The tool will enable fishery observers to safely communicate with their home office, or alert emergency services to unsafe working conditions. See full press release.
EM4Fish featured Saltwater Inc. in this month’s Industry Focus and our work developing cost-effective EM systems and services for fisheries around the world. EM4Fish is a global community of people and companies working to advance fisheries management through electronic monitoring and reporting initiatives, improved data analysis, and technological advances. Read the article full here: Industry focus: Saltwater Inc.