Sports fishing enthusiasts may help the U.S. government keep track of the endangered fish species. The idea was launched this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency in charged with conserving, protecting, and enhancing of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.
The organization recently announced a partnership with the 10-million-user social network dedicated to anglers and other fishing enthusiasts, FishBrain. And the move may be huge because although Facebook has reached nearly 1.5 billion monthly users, the number of people caught in Fishbrain’s net is quite impressive, especially for a niche network.
According to the new partnership, FishBrain app would have an additional option that allows anglers report any sightseeing of endangered species they came across during their expeditions. The app currently list 50 endangered species but that number may grow.
So, you can now both enjoy your fishing trip and help the government save dwindling species. The data you send back via FishBrain would be used by academics, environmentalists, and federal experts keep track of the population and issue more reality-based plans of conservation.
Based on the data sent by anglers and professional fishermen alike, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will now know where to place GPS loggers to improve preservation.
The agency recently said that anglers are a key audience to helping the organization save endangered populations and keeping the habitats clean and healthy. Recreational anglers can no lend a hand to conservationist groups by simply logging the endangered species they encounter.
But the effort may not be limited to fish. The list will soon contain other animals that feature on the list of endangered species, including reptiles, birds, and several mammals such as the pygmy rabbit and the gray wolf.
So, if you often run into rare animals during your fishing trips you should download the app and be part of the action. You can get it from the official site, Google Play Store, or the App Store.
Or you can simply download the app just to meet with other fishing enthusiasts from all corners of the world. On FishBrain, you can get useful advice on professional techniques or the best spots to fish for a certain species. You can even compete with other anglers over the size and weight of your catches and see what equipment other fishermen use.
Just like Google’s service which tracks real-time traffic, FishBrain tracks what species of fish are more popular during a season and in what locations.
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