Do you ever wonder what fish are swimming around your feet when you’re at the beach? Have you ever thought about the fish that swim just below your boat? Or the fish that swim hundreds or even thousands of feet beneath that boat?
Well, now you can answer those questions…provided that you live in Australia.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship and the Atlas of Living Australia have partnered to create FishMap, an online resource that gives you the opportunity to discover what fish live in any location at any depth along Australia’s continental shelf and slope.
“FishMap is the only resource of its kind in the world that covers virtually all species of marine fish found in the marine waters of an entire continent,” explained CSIRO ichthyologist Daniel Gledhill.
FishMap can be used for any number of projects, from helping you figure out what fish you saw on your last dive, to determining what fish you might catch for dinner. It also has the potential to improve the quality of data collected by citizen scientists. It lists more than 4,500 marine fishes and includes illustrations for over 95% of those species.
FishMap was officially launched yesterday (Feb 26) and can be found on the Atlas of Living Australia website.
To learn more:
- Read the full release from CSIRO: So many fish, one great map
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