Digital Fishers

Digital Fishers is an initiative started by Ocean Networks Canada to speed the processing of thousands of hours of marine video observations collected by divers and cameras installed in Ocean Network Canada’s subsea network. Citizens scientists create an account and are then transported to a fun user interface that mimics a submarine moving across the ocean floor. As they view footage, users enter information about the video into different categories, like “sea life, water clarity, seafloor composition, and any other objects you see (natural or human-made).” This information is then transported back into the Oceans Networks Canada database and advances understanding of the environmental health of the deep-sea ecosystem, deep-sea biodiversity, species interactions, and more. 

Ocean Networks Canada. (2020). “Citizen Science: Digital Fishers.” 


Biodiversity, Citizen Science, Ecological Monitoring, Visual Technologies