Media report on UMaine research using lobster boat data to map fishing efforts

NBC 10 Boston, the Bangor Daily News, Mainebiz and the Mount Desert Islander reported that University of Maine is leading an innovative new research project to collaborate with Maine’s lobster industry to explore the potential to use data owned by commercial lobstermen to map fishing efforts.  Kate Beard-Tisdale, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science, is leading a collaborative project aggregating navigation and chart plotter data from individual fishermen who have equipment that records a sequence of coordinates and documents where the boat travels. These data may be used to minimize conflict from potential future offshore wind development.