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ATLANTA (April 26, 2016) - On Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, coders, developers, project managers and subject matter experts gathered at Georgia Aquarium for the third annual Fishackathon event. Participants arrived at the Aquarium on Saturday morning and spent the next 24 hours collaborating on applications to help solve issues caused by unsustainable fishing practices.

Fishackathon was launched in 2014 by Secretary of State John Kerry and is hosted by the U.S. Department of State. This event challenges participants to develop applications, systems, tools and other practical solutions to one of the biggest challenges in conservation, unsustainable and illegal fishing practices. This is the second year that Georgia Aquarium has served as a host facility for Fishackathon and the event kicked off Earth Day activities at the Aquarium on Saturday.


Four teams at Georgia Aquarium chose from problem statements relating to unsustainable fishing practices and worked throughout the day on Saturday to create a web-based app solution. On Sunday morning the final entries were reviewed by a panel of judges. The winning app was Ghost Gear Buster, created by Clayton Yarborough, Williamrobert Green, and Jamie King, a location app that reports lost or found nets, allowing fisheries to easily recover their inventory and cut down on the number of abandoned nets that catch and kill marine wildlife. Additionally, this app can be used during disaster recovery to assist fisheries in finding and rebuilding their equipment and livelihood. Learn more about the application here.

Georgia Aquarium is dedicated year-round to research and conservation issues that affect the ocean and all marine life. For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts and upcoming events, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org