In Chesapeake oysters’ future: underwater drones, shellfish barges? #drone #droneday
Researchers are developing a drone program for aquaculture. Just like drones being used overland for precision farming; these drones would work to more efficiently harvest oysters. Via Bay Journal:
Oyster farmers, especially those who cultivate the mollusks the old-fashioned way — loose on the bottom of creeks and coves — often check on their crop’s progress by pulling some of them out of the water, using scissors-like tongs similar to what watermen wielded in the 1800s and 1900s. Or they may send divers down to inspect the oyster beds, though the water is often too murky to see much.
Don Webster, an aquaculture specialist with University of Maryland’s extension system, said it’s time for oyster farming to catch up with land-based agriculture.
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