Technology Use : An Effective Monitoring System

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Technology Use: Plankton monitoring in British Columbia was started more than fifteen years ago. Since then there were only few improvements made in monitoring. The knowledge on harmful plankton was improved as the new harmful species were discovered over the years and improvements were made in sampling equipment. Apart from that, there hasn’t been much improvement in plankton monitoring. On the other hand plankton mitigation system has been improved tremendously. Unfortunately, with an ineffective monitoring system even best mitigation system would be not much of use. There have been numerous fish kills and much of growth lost as starve days over the years still to date. With the kind of resources invested in plankton monitoring, there should have been much more improvement in the way we monitor the harmful plankton and avoided most of the fish kills and starve days. But unfortunately we are stuck with same old methods of monitoring all these years. In this world many processes are being improved by using right technology. We can inspire from that and invest some of our resources in improving our monitoring processes by employing right technology that could deliver. Current monitoring methods are resource limited. Speed and accuracy are always a concern. The quality of the results depends on the person doing the monitoring and his/her level of training, knowledge and experience. There is no consistency in the results and there is fair chance for human error. There were incidents where human error led to fish kills and lost feed days. This could be avoided in the future by employing a better training strategy coupled with use of appropriate technology for better monitoring. In the current training method every employee is being ... ... middle of paper ... ...but cannot eliminate the impact. Alternate methods should be investigated, that can be used along with current mitigation system to help in eliminating any impact of harmful plankton on the fish stock. Moving forward: 2015 plankton season was harsh in terms of number of harmful plankton incidents observed. Intensity of some of those incidents was harsh too. Warming oceans and changes in climate are impacting the incidents and intensity of the harmful plankton events. Our monitoring practices should be improved to adapt to changing conditions. Afore mentioned improvements to the current monitoring practices and using technologies could greatly improve efficiency of our current monitoring practices. Moving forward, next year if we could reduce the lost feed days and fish kills, it would seem like we have learned from our mistakes this year. Looking forward to see that.
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