BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry wants federal regulators to put $1 million toward a developing sonar technology that could bring new clarity to the science of counting fish.

Accurate counts are crucial because they’re used to set catch limits, which can put a fisherman out of business — or cause unintended overfishing — if they’re set too high or low.

A developer of the OAWRS (OH-werz) system says it can open up an underwater view comparable to a full-screen movie, as opposed to the tiny “pixels” of the picture researchers glimpse today.

The system sends out sound waves in all directions, providing instant readings on fish and other objects from an area hundreds of kilometers across. That dwarfs what today’s research trawlers cover.

There are still big questions about how well the sonar can identify specific fish.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (8)
  1. Linda says:

    Why doesn’t Sen. Kerry, Pelosi and the other government “workers” that have been making millions off of insider tradings donate and pay for it themselves instead of the poor taxpayers.

    1. Tsal says:

      You are kidding right. How about Gingrich making millions from freddie and Fannie OT the tea party group taking millions from special interest PACs. Its on both. Sides but keep watching fox.

  2. John A says:

    Whole thing sounds a bit “fishy” to me……What say you Charlie Tuna ??

    1. Tsal says:

      Charlie says hi to his uncle Kerry

  3. Colleen S says:

    Are you kidding me? Who cares and what difference will it really make? The fish move around all the time how will this possible give an accurate number? Are they going to ask all fish to stop swimming so you can be counted? Please, stop wasting money on stupid things like this!

  4. jaygee says:

    Listen folks, if we can spend 2 billion dollars every month in Iraq and 2 billion dollars a month in Afghanistan for the last 9 years, what’s a lousy million dollars to count fish. Most of us complain about wasting money but since 1 billion dollars equals one thousand million dollars and we are wasting 8 thousand million dollars every month in the middle of the Middle East for nothing then what difference does it make?

    1. Tsal says:

      The difference is that Kerry along with the other idiots in congress can’t seem to see the problems and instead of fixing this country they focus on moronic ideas like this as well as spending money we don’t have. this is simply more proof of how out of touch the people we elect are

  5. Fishing reel parts says:

    Currently personally there has no to be a reason to go doing some fishing. Sportfishing itself is adequate i will just proceed in the decline of your loath but also for those whom may need reasons …Catfish fishing

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