Fish taste good but smell bad. But you know what smells worse? Overexploitation resulting in no fish. The overexploitation of the seas and oceans is leaving them without fish. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) thereby calls for a sustainable fishing model to ensure the survival of species and fishing activity. Careless fishing practices while attempting to meet demands have led to depletion of fish and shellfish populations around the world. Fishers remove more than 77 billion kilograms (170 billion pounds) of wildlife from the sea each year. Approximately 3 billion people in the world rely on seafood as a primary source of protein. Making responsible seafood choices is more important than ever. Waste is a big issue that occurs in all stages of the seafood supply chain. In the U.S. alone 40%–47% of seafood destined for the market goes to waste or to low-value byproducts, an amount that could satisfy the annual protein needs of 10 to 12 million people.2 In the U.S!
What can it help you with?
Sustainable Seafood 101
HereFishyFishy is a compilation of various sources on sustainable seafood. It uses all the data to generate a sustainability score for each fish. This data is catered to you based on your current location. It tells you about the population level, fishing rate, habitat impacts, bycatch, availability, source, color, texture, taste, nutrition facts and so much more for each fish. You can test your knowledge via a mini game.
Step up your seafood cooking game
HereFishyFishy provides you with community-sourced recipes for each fish along with reviews. You’re encouraged to try them out and leave your reviews!
Upcycle seafood waste via exclusive Marketplace
HereFishyFishy allows you to upcycle seafood waste classified into three categories:
Fish Skin has several uses ranging from treating skin burns to making leather products.
They can be used for animal feed/fertilizer.They can also be turned into compostable bioplastic with natural antimicrobial properties.
In addition to animal feed/ fertilizer, extraction of high-value, collagen-based ingredients for applications in functional nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biomedicine, biomaterials, and cosmetics are being explored using fish trimmings.
*The marketplace is exclusively for byproducts of sustainable seafood.
How I built it
Backend: We collected data from the NOAA fisheries repository, seafoodwatch and other verified data sources about fish profile, habitats, fishing status, and also recipes. We assigned a score for each fish based on various factors such as sustainability, fish stock availability, habitat endangerment and bycatch. We structured and stored this curated data on mongodb and used google cloud to serve endpoints to our system
Frontend: React Native app
Challenges I ran into
Compiling and generating sustainability score.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We can now eat fish with peace of mind
What I learned
Fish are very diverse
What's next for HereFishyFishy
Add global fisheries data