A collage of technologies featured in the symposium. Credit: FISHBIO
FISHBIO hosted a two-day symposium at AFS 2015 called “Keeping up with the Times: Advancements and Creative Solutions Using Applied Technology in Fisheries Monitoring and Research.” All the presenters provided enthusiastic updates on advancements and innovative uses of both older and new technology. The talks spanned a variety of fisheries technologies, including passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, acoustic tags, infrared cameras, side-scan sonar, sonar cameras, video cameras, eDNA, laboratory genetics testing, resistivity counters, and bioelectrical impedance analysis. Some highlights included:
- Oregon RFID is now able to mount PIT tag antennas on metal structures (e.g., culverts) with good detection efficiency.
- Hydroacoustic Technology, Inc. (HTI) continues to impress with the development of their new marine tag.
- The Vaki Riverwatcher and the ARIS by Sound Metrics provide options for passively monitoring fishes in no-light conditions and/or turbid water.
- West Fork Environmental has developed a unique design for a vertical PIT tag antenna array to withstand debris and heavy flow.
- Drones are playing a growing role in monitoring and can provide aerial views to track river migrations.
- FISHBIO can build giant PIT tag antennas to monitor fish movement through diversion tunnels.
To learn more about the symposium and AFS, watch http://bit.ly/1Od0zkN — Stephen Zipper, FISHBIO, [email protected], Gabriel Kopp, and Doug Demko Read the symposium abstracts here.