Taiwanese hacking skills are helping to preserve global fish stocks.
The News Lens
By: Yuan-ling Liang
Taiwanese hacking team Akubic scored a great catch at a U.S. competition earlier this month
aimed at boosting the world’s languishing fish stocks.
The team was declared the winner at the annual Fishackathon held by the U.S. State Department and was awarded US$10,000 in prize money.
Fishackathon is a coding competition that seeks to use computer hacking to find solutions to sustainable fishery challenges. The 2016 event was held in more than 40 cities around the world. According to the American Institute in Taiwan, this year’s competition attracted more than 2,000 engineers and 100 fishery consultants.
The team’s water-sensor system monitors the temperature and water flow in the Great Lakes, one of the world’s largest freshwater systems but home to a large number of invasive Asian carp. The carp, which can eat up to 40% of its body weight each day, endanger the survival of native species by threatening local food supplies. [FULL STORY]