Two NCCWSC Fisheries Biologists Participate in 2018 Fishackathon
Fishackathon February 2018
First organized by the US Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships in 2014, Fishackathon inspires the creation of digital solutions to address sustainable fisheries challenges. Overfishing and other serious problems harm marine environments and can devastate already-struggling, small-scale fishing marketplaces and communities, many of which are found in developing countries. Protections exist, but actual enforcement faces major obstacles.
To combat this issue, Fishackathon brings together thousands of concerned designers, developers, and subject matter experts for a single weekend to build practical tech solutions to endemic problems defined by the world's most respected fisheries experts.
USGS is a partner in the event, and two of our NCCWSC fisheries biologists, Abby Lynch and Bonnie Myers, will be participating. They have proposed a challenge to develop a low-cost “fish identification” tool that would help minimize human errors in species identification, the need for expensive fish surveys on vessels, and allow smaller or poorly-funded fishers to better assess the nature and value of their catch.
This year’s Fishackathon is from February 10-11, 2018 and is taking place in cities around the world.