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Monday, 25 March 2013

AppliFish, marine knowledge at the touch of a button

You want to know more about the fish you are eating or going to buy? Is it maybe an endangered species? A new free mobile application - AppliFish offers basic information of over 550 marine species, helping consumers choose fish  that is not endangered.
The app also includes distribution maps, and plans featuring expected changes in species distribution caused by climate change. The application is designed as a pocket book of marine knowledge at the touch of a button. It was developed by the fisheries and biodiversity knowledge platform i-Marine, which is made up of 13 research institutes, universities and international organizations from three continents, with €5  million in funding by the European Union (EU).
AppliFish also has a web version that contains additional scientific information, which can help policy-makers, producers and consumers make informed decisions, and contribute to shape policies necessary for the responsible management of fisheries and conservation of aquatic resources.

The app was awarded a prize at the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting to discuss the present and future of the EU's research and innovation policy, held in Brussels on 6-7 March.
Some 30 percent of the world's marine fish stocks assessed in 2009 were overexploited, according to FAO's State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012.

Source: FAO