Fish Challenge


Biology, Ecology

Fishes account for over half the diversity of vertebrates on this planet. There are over 30,000 species, which is more than all other vertebrate species combined. Wherever there is water, from the highest mountainous ponds to the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean fish can be found thriving.

The Projects

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Big Fish a Long Way from Home: Using ear bones and teeth to unravel migration in Amazonian fish

Amazonian catfish make the longest freshwater migration in the world (5,000km). Dams being built could block...

Fear and Foraging: What can coral reef fish tell us about their habitat?

Hawai’i’s coral reefs are home to nearly 500 fish species! The saddle wrasse is a common sight on...

Identifying predator-prey relationships of spotted seatrout in Mississippi's coastal waters

Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is the most popular recreational species along the coast of Mississippi...

Protecting Panama's coral reefs from invasive lionfish: Can recreational divers help?

Lionfish, an invasive predatory fish from the Indo-Pacific, have been altering the native reef fishes communities...

How oceanographic conditions affect the growth, diet, and survival of juvenile rockfish

Rockfish are important fishery species on the U.S. West coast. Many rockfish species were overfished in...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Apr 01, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Apr 07, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by April 7, 2016. The project that with the most backers by the third week of the campaign will receive an additional $1,500 grant. The two runners-up will receive awards that will be determined based on sponsorship. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On May 3rd at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

“Fishes are abundant, ubiquitous, mysterious in their liquid medium, compelling to contemplate, fascinating to observe and usually delicious to consume… Hence, a subject of diverse interests to humans for thousands of years in art, superstition, symbolism, observation, study and consumption. ”

Dr. Michael Horn (1974)

We are looking for projects that dive into all aspects of ichthyology such as:

  • Behavior
  • Locomotion
  • Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Age and growth
  • Evolution
  • If you have any questions feel free to email J.R. at

    Project Eligilibity

    Researchers must be based at a US institution, or if international, receive approval ahead of time to submit. Projects submitted before the deadline will be eligible for the grant.

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