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Immerse yourself in the SYMBIOSIS Project

An innovative autonomous system for identifying schools of fish

Discover the environmental benefits of the distributed and large-scale monitoring of the underwater environment

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IMDEA Networks Institute

The SYMBIOSIS system integrates acoustic and optical technologies without human intervention. The system is the product of an international scientific initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. Real-time monitoring of schools of fish will inform the development of fishing policy and lead to enhanced protection of the marine environment.


In this video, the two research teams working at IMDEA Networks on the SYMBIOSIS project describe the role they play on this research initiative and why they consider it is environmentally relevant.

An international scientific initiative under the auspices of the European Union’s Horizon 2020, project SYMBIOSIS is developing an autonomous system to identify schools of fish, including information about their size and movements in deep waters. The University of Haifa is leading the project, while two teams from IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid are contributing to the development effort. The SYMBIOSIS system integrates acoustic and optical technologies that require no human intervention, and will be able to transmit real-time warnings to coastal stations.

The project will run until November 2020, and will offer novel solutions to the distributed and large-scale monitoring of the underwater environment, with a positive impact on marine biology research, conservation, and policy making for fisheries in Europe and worldwide.

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