KOCHI: Governor Justice P. Sathasivam will release a mobile app, developed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), for identifying commercial reef and reef-associated fish such as groupers after they are caught, using easily identifiable characters. Named ‘Fish finder Version 1’, the app is being launched on the occasion of the institute celebrating its platinum jubilee.
“The app is user friendly and can be loaded on all smart phones. It has an easy search portal with common names and hence is useful for both the public as well as researchers and students in easily identifying fish. A total of 369 fishes of 66 families can be easily identified using this app”, said Dr Rekha J Nair, principal Scientist of Demersal Fisheries Division of CMFRI who has developed the app with help from Mr. Manu V.K.
“The app is meant to easily identify and classify fish scientifically using their common names. Researchers can correctly identify species as far as possible on the field. Snorkelers and those interested in marine life will be benefited to be able to identify fish apart from traders in the field as well as exporters,” said Dr Rekha. The app can be downloaded from CMFRI website www.cmfri.org.in and does not require internet connectivity for its application and hence can be used even in remote corners of the country.