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Drone images and other camera technologies are being used to provide 24-7 monitoring of Mandurah crab fishing activity.
Monday 19 March 2018

An eye in the sky for crabbing survey

​For the first time in Western Australia, drone technology will be used to monitor how recreational fishers go about getting their catch.

The first drone being used in a 12-month survey to monitor the recreational catch of the Mandurah crab fishery was launched at Crab Fest at the weekend.

In June 2016, the Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crab fishery became the first ever recreational and commercial fishery to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

This survey will provide a comprehensive estimate of the distribution and effort of recreational fishers that go crabbing in the estuary – a condition of the MSC certification.

The range of cameras used in the survey, including those attached to drones, will provide 24-7 data on shore-based recreational fishers across more than 130 kilometres of the Peel-Harvey Estuary, and invaluable information on how fishers use these sites during the day and night.

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