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Symposium: Integrating Advanced Technologies in Fish and Wildlife Science
October 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
As computing, network, software, and scientific technologies continue to advance and develop rapidly, so too do their applications to fisheries and wildlife research. As a result of this fast-paced growth, keeping atop of new technological developments which could benefit fisheries and wildlife research can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Additionally, use of new technologies can be daunting when specialized knowledge is required to implement or modify these new tools or approaches. With no assurance that there will be a positive cost-benefit to a project to use new technology(ies), this can further discourage researchers from undertaking projects which incorporate them. However, recent research is showing that these tools can provide scientists the opportunity to improve data quality, reduce survey bias, reduce cost, and sample increasingly remote areas around the globe. The focus of this symposium, hosted by the AFS Fisheries Information & Technology Section (FITS), is to highlight current projects which are integrating advanced technologies and how they are thereby achieving one or more of the aforementioned goals within the terrestrial, marine, and/or freshwater environment(s).