Autonomous underwater drone to help seafood industry reduce costs
A new autonomous underwater drone can survey mussels and scallops so accurately that it could potentially revolutionize the seafood industry by eliminating hours of costly and time-consuming manual work.
The drone, which has been developed by a University of Canterbury research team in New Zealand, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect various parameters such as the size and health of mussels and scallops or even the presence of pests in the seabed.
In the future, this easy-to-operate drone can be used to remotely inspect the condition of underwater structures such as wharf pylons. It can also be used in salmon farming to scan nets for holes.
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Professor Richard Green, who led the research project, points out that manual spot-checks of mussels are expensive, and more frequent low-cost surveys using autonomous drones can help to minimize loss and optimize harvest timing. He…