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Tuesday, January 30 • 8:40am - 9:00am
SYMPOSIA-09: Digital Media as a Source of Contemporary and Novel Fisheries Data

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AUTHORS. Paul Venturelli, Ball State University

ABSTRACT. Understanding the impacts of land use change, invasive species, and climate change on fisheries requires data that are often difficult to collect and limited in time and space. Digital media such as internet use, online fora, and smartphone applications (apps) are an exciting and relatively cheap source of conventional and novel fisheries data that could fundamentally change the way that we monitor and manage our fisheries. In this presentation, I summarize recent research and the emerging literature on digital fisheries data to highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with using these data to i) complement conventional approaches, ii) gain novel insight, and iii) encourage collaboration and stakeholder participation. A recent workshop on this topic proposed rapid innovation via a science-based, international council. This council would formalize partnerships (e.g., among agencies, researchers, industry leaders, and the public), establish standards for data collection and sharing, manage a data repository, and direct research.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 8:40am - 9:00am CST