Runners Up in Fishackathon
Fishackathon Bergen will help bring marine resource management into the 21st century by uniting budding and established app developers and unite them around the theme of sustainable global fisheries. CMR researchers Ove Daae Lampe and Armin Pobitzer formed one of the teams in Bergen. They won Runners Up.
CMR researchers Armin Pobitzer and Ove Daae Lampe with Runners Up at Fishackathon. At right manager Dororthy Jane Dankel. Photo: Per Sogge
This year marked the third annual Fishackathon organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State. During this Weekend 20 researchers from Bergen and several thousand from 43 other citys in the world, competed For Norway and Bergen it was the first time.
The aim was to bring new solutions to global problems regarding life in the sea. This was an overnight computer coding competition trying to get some new answers.
During 48 hours of intense work and little sleep, the team from CMR developed a demonstrator for an app (fi5h.co) that aggregates information about vessels from a multitude of sources on the internet. It got the Runners Up Prize.
This information can be used by authorities to target for instance illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (but also by responsible citizens, that want to contribute to this cause). The app allows to search for a vessel using name and presents the user with a picture and general information about the vessel. In this manner, the user can verify that vessels identity. Simultaneously, the checks for known fishing permits.
“This information is cross referenced with information about the fish species in the vicinity of the vessel. We also check if the vessel has been blacklisted by the authorities or other organizations (e.g. Greenpeace)”, Armin Pobitzer explains.
Another important aspect is to assess what the vessel is actually doing. It is, e.g. not problematic if a vessel without license traverses a fishing area. Therefore, they implemented algorithms to identify if a vessel is in a port, stationary at sea, in transit, or indeed fishing (trawling, trolling).
Fishackathon Bergen will help bring marine resource management into the 21st century by uniting budding and established app developers and unite them around the theme of sustainable global fisheries. CMR researchers Ove Daae Lampe and Armin Pobitzer form one of the teams in Bergen. They will try to win using their cutting edge knowledge, bringing up the best idea.