'Saildrones' in Lake Superior will study fish populationsAug 04, 2022 10:22AM ● By Laura Durenberger
By UpNorthLive News Staff - UpNorthLive - August 2, 2022
The U.S. Coast Guard announced they are working with Saildrone Inc. to operate two Unscrewed Surface Vechicles, called "Saildrones," to study fish populations in Lake Superior.
The Saildrones are scheduled to be launched from Ashland, Wisconsin on August 8 and will sail through the central and western areas of Lake Superior through September 30, the Coast Guard stated.
Saildrone Inc. asks that vessels proceed with caution and remain more than 500 meters away from the research equipment, in order to ensure the drones can collect data without human interference.
The drones will have track lines nearshore and offshore throughout Lake Superior, the Coast Guard stated.
Sampling sites include Wisconsin near Madeline Island, Devils Island, Sand Island, Port Wing; Michigan near the upper entry of the Keweenaw Waterway, Ontonagon; Minnesota near Grand Portage, Hovland, Grand Marais, Taconite Harbor, Two Harbors and Duluth. Other sampling sites include areas near Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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