Worldwide, fishing fleets discard as many as two of every five sea creatures they catch. Now, a new tool can help fishers locate the most productive fishing spots while avoiding unwanted or protected species such as sea turtles and dolphins.
Called EcoCast, this ecosystem forecast tool was developed by researchers at Stanford, NOAA and other research institutions. It combines satellite data of ocean conditions, records from fisheries observers and species tracking data to pinpoint ideal fishing areas on a daily basis. Tools like this ultimately help to protect endangered species, keep fisheries sustainable and support fishing communities.
To learn more, read our Research Brief that dives into the details of this new sustainable ocean management tool.