Whooshh Innovations Makes Available 2019 Fish Passage Data From It's FishL Recognition System at Bonneville Dam AFF
BONNEVILLE DAM, Oregon -- Whooshh Innovations releases a trove of data
collected from it's "FishL™ Recognition System"
installed at the Bonneville dam AFF in 2019.
Whooshh Innovations “FishL™ Recognition” system, an autonomous, high definition, live fish imaging system, collected over 220,000 images from fish that bypassed through the Bonneville Dam Adult Fish Facility (AFF) between April 25th and October 18th of 2019.
Collecting high definition and infrared images without handling and delaying the fish in their upstream migration is a first on the main stem Columbia. Using highly sensitive and calibrated sensors to recognize entry and passage of fish through the system, 18 high definition images of each fish were captured along with logged date, time, fish length, girth, and fish speed, all in real time.
Twelve different species were imaged as they passed through the system, half of which were salmonids: chinook, coho, steelhead, sockeye, and pink salmon.
Other species included whitefish, American shad, large scale sucker, northern pikeminnow, peamouth chub, and smallmouth bass. Half of these non-salmonids are invasive to the Columbia River. The fish transferred through the Whooshh FishL™ Recognition System in approximately 1/3 of a second, traveling at a rate of about 5 m/s.
“The retained high quality FishL™ Recognition System images and the autonomously logged data, provide a wealth of valuable fisheries information and the retained data can be further analyzed and mined ” said CEO Vincent Bryan III.
“We want to make this data freely available to all of the biologists and scientists who have an interest in the recovery of the salmon in the Pacific Northwest. We believe better data, may well challenge current priorities, and will lead to the best fisheries management decisions for a changing environment ” he said.