“A a fisherman miles off the coast of Galway hauls in his nets and assesses his catch, he pulls out…”

March 23, 2009
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A a fisherman miles off the coast of Galway hauls in his nets and assesses his catch, he pulls out a mobile phone and sends off a quick text before getting back to work. Back on shore, a Galway chef planning her daily menu checks a website.

At a glance, she sees the fisherman’s take, decides on the evening’s fish entrees and contacts him to buy directly. She gets the fish at a better price than buying at the docks, while the fisherman pockets a better margin.

That’s just one of the many practical uses of a major collaborative pilot scheme on Galway Bay called SmartBay, which is using a range of technologies to produce and collate useful marine and coastal data for businesses, researchers, local authorities and beachgoers. The project could benefit aquaculture, tourism, climate research, fishing and the environment.

Trawling the bay for streams of data – The Irish Times


A a fisherman miles off the coast of Galway hauls in his nets and assesses his catch, he pulls out a mobile phone and sends off a quick text before getting back to work. Back on shore, a Galway chef planning her daily menu checks a website.

At a glance, she sees the fisherman’s take, decides on the evening’s fish entrees and contacts him to buy directly. She gets the fish at a better price than buying at the docks, while the fisherman pockets a better margin.

That’s just one of the many practical uses of a major collaborative pilot scheme on Galway Bay called SmartBay, which is using a range of technologies to produce and collate useful marine and coastal data for businesses, researchers, local authorities and beachgoers. The project could benefit aquaculture, tourism, climate research, fishing and the environment.

Trawling the bay for streams of data – The Irish Times

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