Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New York
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New York Project

Testing the feasibility of acoustic sensors to estimate sardine biomass to facilitate science-based fishery management in the Philippines

June 2017 - December 2018


Participating Agencies

  • Atkinson Center - EDF Innovation for Impact Fund

In this international collaboration working with USGS, Cornell, SUNY-Stonybrook, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, we assessed the potential for active and passive acoustic technologies to support small-scale nearshore pelagic fishery assessments. By coupling passive with active technology, results are providing opportunity to validate whether new passive gears can successfully detect pelagic fish stocks, potentially expanding the set of tools available for fisheries monitoring. We are conducting the work in the Philippines where sardine fisheries support millions of livelihoods. Results will assist the Philippines in moving towards science-driven fisheries management for pelagic fish stocks.