Biomass Estimator Optical System on board the vessel 'Miguel Oliver'. (Photo: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo/apvigo)
Artificial vision system tested to identify species
Monday, April 23, 2012, 05:10 (GMT + 9)
Scientists aboard the research vessel Miguel Oliver, of the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) are testing an intelligent artificial vision system to identify marine species.
The main objective of this initiative is to automate and improve data acquisition of resources caught by vessels from Spain and Portugal.
This project is part of Faros project, involving the Port Authority of Vigo, the Institute of Marine Research (IIM-CSIC), the Technology Centre of Marine Affairs (Cetmar), the Supercomputing Centre of Galicia (Cesga), the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Research of Portugal (Ipimar) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO).
On Thursday, the president of the Port Authority of Vigo, Ignacio López-Chaves, participated in the presentation of the trails together with the adviser of the General Secretariat of Marine Affairs, Jerónimo Hernández.
According to López-Chaves, in order to meet the goal a smart artificial vision system developed by the firm Marexi SL from Vigo is used in collaboration with the Institute of Technology, Colour and Image from Valencia (AIDO) in Valencia.
The system is called Biomass Estimator Optical System, said the president of the Authority.
The data transmission between the bottom of the sea and the ship is performed via a satellite connection.
The supporters of the initiative seek to "improve the management and identification systems of fish stocks, complementing the work of observation performed in research vessels," and to look for commercial solutions to discarding.
The researchers are also conducting tests on the ship Vizconde de Eza, the agency Europa Press reported.
The total project cost amounts to nearly EUR 2.2 million.
By Analia Murias