The next phase of the Smartrawl project, officially titled ‘FIS034 Smartrawl Phase 3: realising the Smartrawl bycatch reduction device’, will run until 31 December 2021. To see a full project timeline, please see below:
FIS011 introduced the Smartrawl concept of an innovative trawl design with a stereo camera to identify and size fish in the trawl extension, and a gate to release unwanted catch. The report was completed in 2017 and is available on the FIS website.
FIS024 developed the stereo camera system and gate prototype and began collecting stereoscopic images to understand how fish appear in the trawl. This phase ran from June 2018 to Spring 2020.
FIS received Scottish Government grant funding to progress specific components of Smartrawl by acquiring, adapting and testing a second stereo camera and the underwater modem to transfer data from the camera to the bridge of a trawler.
FIS034, completing in December 2021, will bring the component pieces of the Smartrawl system together.
The final phase of the Smartrawl project will seek to complete image analysis and make iterative improvements to the system based on extensive field testing.