N+1 fish, N+2 fish

Sustainable fishing means tracking every fish caught. New tools using automated video processing and artificial intelligence can help responsible fisheries comply with regulations, save time, and lower the safety risk and cost from an auditor on board. #climate

$50,000 in prizes
oct 2017
461 joined


N+1 fish, N+2 fish

Cod, haddock, flounder - these iconic fish have supported New England’s fishing fleets for generations. When they’re not swimming around the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, snacking on crabs and lobster, these fish offer a source of sustainable fish and chips. Making these fisheries sustainable means accurately counting all fish caught, including those thrown back at sea because they’re the wrong size or species. Managers require fishermen to monitor that discarded catch and some fishermen recently started carrying video cameras that record fish as they’re returned to the water. But, humans still have to watch hours and hours of video footage to extract the number, size, and species of discarded catch. Can you help automate the video review and make it cheaper and easier to keep track of the fish in (and out) of the sea?

Competition End Date:

Oct. 30, 2017, 11:59 p.m. UTC

Place Prize Amount
1st $20,000
2nd $15,000
3rd $10,000
4th $3,000

Judges' Choice Award:

We're also looking for innovative approaches to solving this fishy problem, even if they don't score in our Top 4. If you want to be eligible for our $2,000 Judges' Choice Award, submit your code on the Submit Report page (available once you've signed up) by the competition end date for review. Our judges will be looking for inventive, novel solutions that can be incorporated into video review programs, so share your most fin-tastic ideas.


The Nature Conservancy Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Prize contributors:

Kingfisher Foundation National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

walton family foundation

Photo from 1887 book "The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States" prepared by George Brown Goode.