Collecting Small Vessel Use Pattern Data With RFID

On August 21, John Crofts, a NOAA Corps Officer with the Fisheries Ecology Division, presented at the 2007 Homeland Security: Research-Innovation-Transition conference in Monterey.

His presentation addressed the potential of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to collect small vessel use pattern data. He proposed an RFID system that would capture use pattern data by monitoring small vessels as they passed through bottlenecks, which would allow fishery managers to improve upon and validate survey data. Initial field tests using existing RFID technology, performed collaboratively with Lockheed Martin, have proven that the system works and is cost effective. (August 27, 2007)