Fishbrain App Will Help FWC Detect Non-Native Freshwater Fish

Posted: Dec 21 2016, 6:43am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Fishbrain App Will Help FWC Detect Non-Native Freshwater Fish

Today FWC, wildlife conservation commissions declared that any angler is able to help experts observe non-native fish in freshwater, and species present in Florida. The study was conducted with the help of the U.S. Fish, Wildlife Service, and Fishbrain that is the world's largest social network and app for anglers.

FWC will invite 250,000 users of Fishbrain app which are Florida based. The users will log for 15 different species of non-native fish present in the ecosystem of Florida. The FWC has developed a list of non -native fish to the app users who can sight these species while they are out for fishing. The app will record the log time, location, picture and species of the fish.

What is Fishbrain?

Fishbrain is a mobile app and world’s largest social network of sport fishers. The app connects anglers to meet their dreams by helping people detect different species. People share their experiences through fishbrain app.

Florida is using this Fishbrain app technology to understand the nature of these non-native fish, and their impact on the ecosystem. The app providers also plan to launch the app in several other areas with the help of state conservation organizations. These species are destroying the biodiversity of the ecosystem, so understanding their behavior would help experts develop tools to monitor them and protect ecosystems from these species.

The biologists list of this FWC mission include Rio Grande cichlid, Jack Dempsey blackchin tilapia, bullseye snakehead, clown knife fish, jaguar guapote, Mayan cichlid, spotted tilapia, Nile tilapia, banded cichlid, common carp, pacu, flathead catfish, blue catfish and green sunfish.

The FWC plans to promote the consumptive use of these fish instead of putting them back into the sea. Anglers face nature on regular basis, so there is a need to develop a healthy relationship between anglers and ecosystem.

Most anglers are aware of dangers to ecosystem, so they love to be a part of new projects on these subjects, stated Johan Attby, CEO of Fishbrain. Most users of the fishbrain app want to protect ecological balance, and they hope that the project will also be successful in other states. Sarah Funck, FWC's non-native fish and wildlife is coordinating the project.

Fishbrain can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

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