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Monitoring endangered species with catch and release data sharing

Rivers are home to a wide variety of freshwater fish. The problem is that they have become increasingly contaminated. In the US alone, 1.2 trillion gallons of contaminated water and waste enter rivers each year, making it difficult to track freshwater fish populations.

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Monitoring endangered species with catch and release data sharing

Rivers are home to a wide variety of freshwater fish. The problem is that they have become increasingly contaminated. In the US alone, 1.2 trillion gallons of contaminated water and waste enter rivers each year, making it difficult to track freshwater fish populations.
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Fishermen often come across species they don't recognize, or aren't actively fishing for, but have no way to identify the fish. Sharing images and details of their catches, including size, weight, and type of bait, as well as log any time they see a species on the endangered list, even if they’re not able to catch it, could help conservationists track and save endangered populations. This sort of education with a catch and release program could save species by the dozens.

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Teaming up with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fishbrain's creator Johan Attby is encouraging the apps 2 million users to share sightings of endangered species, in order to crowdsource data that can help track and protect rarely sighted fish like the shortnose sturgeon recently spotted by a Fishbrain user.

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