Saildrone USVs Deploy for Fisheries in Great Lakes

Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) has proven its data collection capabilities over seven years of operation from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Now, these ocean drones have entered a new maritime domain: the Great Lakes.

Two Saildrone Explorers were deployed from Macatawa, Michigan, for a 45-day fisheries mission on behalf of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center (GSLC). 

North America’s Great Lakes make up the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. The Great Lakes support a $7 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry, but human-caused and natural changes like degraded habitat, climate and invasive mussels threaten the health of popular fisheries such as lake trout, whitefish, walleye and northern pike.

Source: Saildrone

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