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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The success of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with eBird and its associated apps demonstrates the potential value in engaging recreational enthusiasts as community scientists through the use of a cell phone application (hereafter “app”). However, significant differences exist between the recreational angler community and the birding community making it necessary to further investigate the feasibility of engaging recreational anglers as community scientists using an app. The funds awarded through the VIMS Dean and Director’s Innovation Fund were used to: 1) assess the existing landscape of for-profit fishing apps and not-for-profit efforts to use recreational anglers as community scientists, 2) explore current app technologies for potential inclusion in a recreational fishing app, 3) explore potential external funding sources, and 4) determine a preliminary feature set for inclusion in an app for recreational anglers.



Fish identification, Chesapeake Bay