Fishoid, formally known as Fishazam, is a new way to catch fraudulent fish and waste. Taking direction from sustainable fishing non-profit Oceana, Fishoid asserts that 30% of fish are mislabeled, with another 30% of fish wasted before they reach a market or consumer. Moreover,  a whopping 90% of fish stocks worldwide are exploited or near overexploitation. To that end, in October of 2019, creator Yassine Santissi launched Fishoid with the intention of catching illegally caught and/or illegally sold fish with infrared spectrometry, a mobile device, and artificial intelligence. Fishoid almost looks like a card reader mounted on a mobile phone, but on the end of the device is an infrared spectrometer that measures the wavelength coming from the fish and compares it to the database of the unique wavelength that each fish has using artificial intelligence. The US State Department became involved in this project in its early stages, eager to find a creative and innovative solution to what is a hidden but serious issue. This device could help investigators track down suppliers and fishermen illegally labelling sourcing products. It is too early to say for sure how successful Fishoid is, though preliminary tests show it has a high degree of accuracy. It also isn’t clear if Fishoid is going to be available outside of governmental uses, so the price may or may not be an issue, depending on the direction Fishoid takes in the future. 


Artificial Intelligence, Biodiversity, Ecological Monitoring, Illegal Resource Extraction, Industry/Natural Commodities, Regulation, Visual Technologies