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Uncrewed sail drones are quietly counting fish more accurately in Lake Superior

By Jonah Beleckis, Wisconsin Public Radio

Two uncrewed, drone-operated sailboats are quietly collecting data from Lake Superior to study the accuracy of fish abundancy estimates in the Great Lakes.

Data from the silent sail drones will compare to louder vessels that could be scaring some fish away — potentially leading to an undercount, said Peter Esselman, a research fishery biologist from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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