The challenge

Monitoring and collecting data on targeted fish catch

Monitoring and collecting data on targeted fish catch and unintended bycatch is necessary to ensure our fisheries are sustainable. In the past, humans have monitored fishing activities on vessels, but this is time consuming, expensive, and dangerous.

Cameras are increasingly being installed on fishing vessels to monitor what is being caught, but the video is still labour-intensive to manually watch.

Our response

Using AI software to automate the fish monitoring process

The MVT team at CSIRO is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to automate the fisheries monitoring process. The species recognition software called WANDA will increase coverage, reduce costs to managers and industry and will ultimately provide consumers with more information on the source of their seafood.

The new technology developed by CSIRO called WANDA uses AI technology to recognise different species of fish as it is caught in real time.

WANDA will 'see' what is caught, identify where and when, and store the information. It will help managers and scientists better understand stock status of fish populations and initiate timely interventions and compliance measures. This will help fisheries managers and regulators ensure environmental sustainability.

The new technology developed by CSIRO called WANDA uses AI technology to recognise different species of fish as it is caught in real time.

The results

Recognising different species of fish in real time

Additional development and use of physical electronic tags and cloud-based data storage this breakthrough technology could enable industry, wholesalers and retailers to track the provenance of seafood through the supply chain, from boat to plate.

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Narrator: Achieving global seafood sustainability in modern fisheries is essential. It is also an expectation of our communities.

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But the path from a fishing boat to our plates is complex.

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Are we getting the fish we paid for?

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Has the fish been substituted for a poorer or cheaper product? 

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Is seafood quality maintained throughout the supply chain?

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And is the seafood on our plate caught sustainably with low environmental impact?

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At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, we are using onboard cameras and tagging technology to track fish from boat to plate.

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We can follow the fish from when it is caught, all the way to your plate.

[Animation image shows an inset box on the left displaying text: Species – Whiting, Count 50, Length 40.2 cm, Date – 05/09/19]

The data we collect and follow along the supply chain includes species, length and colour, region and date of capture, transfer locations, and storage temperature.

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With this information fishers, regulators, restaurant owners, fish sellers, consumers and everyone throughout the complex supply chain will know the history of their fish and look back at its journey from boat to plate.

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With innovation and technology, we are developing tools to ensure that the fish you eat is what you’ve paid for, and addressing the challenge of sustainable fisheries.

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Tracking fish from boat to plate

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