Saving the 'Fish of Death' — There's an App for That

Flickr photo courtesy of Rubber Slippers in Italy

The lives of fishermen have been washed away as they tried to pry opihi from rocks in rough waves. It is why the shellfish has been dubbed the “fish of death."

But ultimately, the fishermen have been so successful in harvesting the small conic opihi that some experts fear for the shellfish.

It led them to the question: What can be done to make sure the "fish of death" survives?

Researchers have developed an Android app that will help them track the population of opihi, the popular shellfish delicacy in Hawaii, to measure — and hopefully help prevent — over-harvesting. The app uses GPS technology to count the number of opihi and record their species and location.

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