QuoteOriginally posted by: rralphI'm extremely surprised that anyone would try to argue that "a fleet of robotic submarines" and a computer that has the capability to identify and distiguish between individual fish are easier to implement than a random sample of the population. The concept of genetically sampling the water to identify the genes of every species AND INDIVIDUAL present in a lake is such an outlandish notion that it surely belongs in books of some new religion.Commercial fisherman are quite adept at catching fish. Is it so hard to believe that with the necessary equipment and a little patience that I could catch a few fish from a lake? I think I could do that faster then you could set up your gene sequencing factory. Catch and release lakes are very popular in the UK, the owners of the lakes are quite strict about their policy because the same fish DO get caught a second, third and even forth time.True, true, true!No one, not even I, was suggesting that the use of robotic submarines along with computer identification of the pictures taken, etc., were easier or faster than what you originally proposed, with which, by the way, I agreed quite well as "Great description". As indicated earlier, my interest in the question was to find out novel but 'decent' ways to answer the question. The purpose of the question is not to implement practically a best solution. The purpose is to encourage a discussion of some serious ideas around a particular problem.
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