Drone provides unique perspective for "Net Effect"

Posted October 25, 2015 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2015 1:53 p.m. EDT

WRAL engineer Tony Gupton has been trained to fly a drone. Using a drone, owned by WRAL, Gupton, producer Clay Johnson and photographer Jay Jennings were able to capture an osprey eye's view of a shrimp trawler on the Neuse River.

Gupton also previously used the drone to capture recreational fishermen on the South River, near Oriental, and on a creek off the Bouge Sound, near Morehead City.

The video the drone captures marks two firsts for WRAL - the first time the drone has flown over water and the first time it has been used in a WRAL documentary.

“Net Effect” is a one-hour documentary that looks at some of the declining fish stocks in our state’s waters and some of the commercial fishing practices that recreational fishermen and conservation groups say are contributing to the problem. The drone helped provide a unique perspective of some of the fishing featured in the documentary.

Hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree, "Net Effect" will air Monday, Oct. 26.