ATLANTA (June 10, 2015) - On Saturday, June 6, coders, developers, project managers and subject matter experts gathered at Georgia Aquarium for the Oceans 15 Fishackathon. More than 20 attendees convened Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and spent the next 24 hours collaborating on applications to help solve issues faced by international small-scale fisheries.

The event was the Aquarium’s first participation in the global Fishackathon, now in its second year, held in conjunction with the National Day of Civic Hacking.  While coders were working on issues related to the oceans, events were taking place throughout Atlanta to build new solutions to improve our communities and the governments that serve them.

In addition to creating solutions for sustainable fishing, participants were competing for the chance to be entered to win a trip to Barcelona, Spain for the Mobile World Congress, provided by \Tone, and Santiago, Chile for the Our Oceans Conference, provided by the Department of State. Participants worked throughout the evening and submitted their final entries by 10 a.m. the following morning to a panel of judges. The group Know Fish was selected as the winner for their creative solutions on the issue of understanding fishing regulations based on geographic location.

The Fishackathon is one of the many events at Georgia Aquarium throughout the year that address research and conservation issues related the world’s oceans and the animals that inhabit them. Animal Awareness Days are held every quarter to provide guests with education and engaging experiences to create awareness of threatened or endangered species. The Aquarium also hosts an ongoing lecture series called Science on Tap, which features experts from various research and conversation programs. For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s educational programming or research and conservation efforts, visit georgiaaquarium.org.

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the world’s most dynamic aquariums—containing more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be a premier scientific institution delivering an awe-inspiring entertainment experience which supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning; and instills a passion for the aquatic world.  Its exhibits and programs are of the highest standards, offering engaging guest encounters that promote the conservation of marine 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.