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Drones Could Be Key Factor in Maintaining Sustainable Coast, Say UCC Researchers

22nd October 2021
Drone with camera mount at flight with a forest background
Drones similar to this have already been used by the likes of Inland Fisheries Ireland to patrol hard-to-reach areas for illegal fishing activity

The use of drones could play a key role in sustainable coastal fisheries in Ireland, according to a new study.

As the Irish Examiner reports, researchers at University College Cork (UCC) evaluated a wide range of applications for drones on the Irish coast, and highlighted a number of potential important uses.

These run from monitoring illegal fishing activity to studying pollution, surveying areas at risk of erosion or even identifying new viruses transmitting among marine wildlife — as well as supporting some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Drone patrols have already been cited as more important than ever for the protection of Ireland’s inland fisheries following an increase in illegal fishing and angling activities recorded last year, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

“The speed of development in drone technology means it can be difficult for many people to appreciate its current potential,” UCC’s Dr Samuel Hayes said.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Coastal Notes, Fishing
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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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