FarSounder Demonstrates Fisheries Research Capabilities
Warwick, RI – September 16, 2009
FarSounder is pleased to announce another major demonstration of its technology for fisheries research.
Recently concluded was an initial series of joint tests with The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). This first test phase of the project is supported by Jaczon BV, a Dutch fishing company. Jaczon staff also joined TNO and FarSounder teams in Rhode Island for this phase of tests. During the exercise the team successfully collected tens of gigabytes of data and are now analyzing the data for future use.
It is anticipated that the next phase will entail follow on funding sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality using European subventions via the Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) research institute in Wageningen, and Jaczon BV.
Commenting after the completion of the demonstration, Matthew Zimmerman, VP Engineering said; “Most people are aware of the importance of managing our natural resources but the continuing number of inquiries we receive with respect to fisheries research in general, lead us to believe that the tools available to conduct this research can be improved upon”.
The tests took place off a local pier in Rhode Island using the new FarSounder FS-3 wideband sonar as an advanced tool to study the acoustic recognition of various fish species (i.e. fish classification), prior to netting. It is believed that using the FarSounder wideband sonar will enable TNO and the Dutch fishing industry to take another step towards preventing unintentional bycatch.
FarSounder is a US based high technology marine electronics manufacturer specializing in underwater acoustics. With unique patented technology, the Company has a global customer base of commercial, government and private sector users served by over 40 sales and service partners around the world.
TNO is the Netherlands’ largest independent applied research organization, with around 4,400 employees whose expertise and research contributes significantly in several areas to the competitiveness of business, public organizations, the economy and the quality of life as a whole.