Keeping Fish in the Sea
Fish stocks around the world are declining—with an estimated 90 percent of the world’s fisheries over or fully exploited. Keeping fish in the sea is integral to sustaining the ocean’s health so that it can continue to provide a steady food supply and sustain robust economies for coastal communities. Many fish stocks are overfished, yet the lack of industry incentive and government tools for policy and regulation get in the way of creating a system of sustainability.
In the Western and Central Pacific, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed technology to help fisheries manage their stocks: FishFace is an application that recognizes fish species in photographs, giving struggling fishermen a low-cost way to assess populations and inform sustainable catches. This project was one of the two winners of the popular vote in the 2016 Google Impact Challenge: Australia, and we used our winnings to further develop our technology.