Advanced Technologies

The increasing demand for high quality scientific information to meet our mandate to provide conservation and management measures for the sustainability of our nation’s living marine resources requires improvements in the efficiencies of survey data collection and processing operations using innovative technologies. The mission of this program is to improve survey capabilities with wise investments in the evaluation, development and implementation of advanced technologies in support of stock and habitat assessment requirements. National work groups comprised of experts in technologies and survey operations, such as the Advanced Sampling Technology Work Group (ASTWG), provide the necessary technical guidance and oversight of an annual RFP process to ensure the wise investments in technologies are aligned with regional and national priorities based on assessment priorities and need to resolve uncertainties associated with survey data gaps.