NOAA testing unmanned aircraft at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Unmanned aircraft being launched
Sea Otters. (Photo: recorded by the UAS along Washington coast in Olympic Coast NMS)

NOAA is partnering with scientists and resource managers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and coastal treaty tribes. If successful, unmanned aircraft technology could be used in marine protected areas worldwide. Possible uses include wildlife surveys for seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles, surveys to locate and identify marine debris and scientific data collection.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has developed use of aircraft for large-scale marine protected area management. NOAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program represents the next development in marine resource monitoring – cheaper, greener, and safer than manned flights.

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