Arti-FISH-al intelligence benefits DPIR

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has partnered with Microsoft in an award winning project recording, identifying and classifying fish on remote underwater videos using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Microsoft AI solution helps monitor and manage marine health by rapidly analysing underwater video captured in Darwin Harbour.

The platform automates the lengthy process of counting local fish stocks by progressively learning to identify different varieties of fish species using techniques similar to those used for facial recognition in social media.

The new AI platform is able to identify a fish in a video with 95 to 99 per cent accuracy.

Two particular species that have been of interest are golden snapper and black jewfish as research has shown their numbers are declining around the greater Darwin area.

Part of the management plan for those species was to put in place a number of protection zones, with underwater video installed to monitor numbers in the area.

The Artificial Intelligence technique is known as Computer Vision and is described as the ability of a machine to recognise an object or shape from video or an image. It is a hugely complex undertaking and at the very forefront of Artificial Intelligence work around the world.

Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries staff out in a boat on the water
Artificial Intelligence helps monitor and manage marine health by rapidly analysing underwater video captured in Darwin Harbour.