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Minnesota Natural Resource Department Improves Mobile Fisheries Lake Survey System

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

The use of Xplore rugged tablets in survey boats permitted data entry to be validated with fish in hand, eliminating redundant data entry and reducing errors. Immediate validation of data at the point of capture also ensured more accurate data for the Department of Natural Resources. 

“The application of technology significantly improved efficiency while capturing fisheries data, speed of data retrieval, and quality of data stored,” Lorenzen said of his Lake Survey Project. “It also enhanced the ability to share the data with the public and other agencies.”