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NOAA SBIR-funded company joins partnership to protect marine mammals

The Vineyard Wind Project announced a new partnership with Charles River Analytics, Inc., aimed at protecting marine mammals during the construction of the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. The effort will incorporate an “artificial intelligence and computer vision system that complements and supports human lookouts and marine radar systems” to detect marine mammals, ships, and fishing gear. Charles River Analytics’ research and development received a boost with initial Phase I funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Read the full story.

Doug Bonham stands on hillside with camera test device

SBIR-funded wildlife camera aim to bridge science, education, and technology

Field Data Services, LLC (FDT) of Essex, Montana is developing technology to improve the study of pollinators and salmon — both of which are ecologically and economically important. Their innovative trail camera systems allow for the detection of wildlife that is too small to trigger commercially available cameras. FDT’s research and development received a boost with initial Phase I funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Read the full story.