A new phone app called AppliFish provides extensive information on 550 different marine species, such as “common names and sizes, distribution maps, as well as maps featuring expected changes in species distribution caused by climate change”
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012, around 30 percent of the world’s fish are overexploited, and fish consumption is rising. Halibut, an example from Food and Wine’s sustainable recipes, is color coded as the “least concern” category. Other categories include “vulnerable,” “endangered” and “data deficient.”
The free app is co-produced by the FAO and iMarine, a global network of research institutes and international organizations from the European Union, USA and Asia.
The app empowers consumers to be aware of how their purchases affect the world’s ecosystems and to make educated choices. It provides “aquatic-related information available to anyone, anytime, anywhere” – even at your grocery store making a last minute dinner decision.