New mobile ?fish landing app? keeps track of boats, fish catch

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Fish Landing App infographics This is now possible with the “Fish Landing App,” which was recently launched in the Philippines by marine scientist Dr. Stephen Box, who presented it through an online conference from his office at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Port Pierce, Florida. He serves as the institute?s program coordinator of the Integrated Marine Planning and Conservation Tools. The mobile app ? that also includes a fisherfolk registry and vessel monitoring ? was designed for Android devices and can be used by fishery industry stakeholders and organizations, enabling them to obtain data such as fish species caught, frequented fishing grounds, and profile of fishers, according to Dr. Box, who co-developed the app. The app, which costs $80, was presented during the 13th Annual FishBase Symposium, held September 4, 2015, at the International Rice Research Institute, in Los Ba?os, Laguna. The event was organized in partnership with Oceana Philippines and FishBase Information and Research Group Inc. (FIN). “It would be very useful in closing the gap between data deficiency and effective fisheries management in the Philippines,? said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president for Oceana Philippines. ?We are a country whose way of life is largely dependent on the sea. We need information about our marine resources, usage and access to effectively craft and implement policies that will protect our vastly threatened marine environment,? she added. ?The introduction of a fish landing application becomes highly relevant and much welcome in the Philippines, which has recently adopted the vessel monitoring system to track the behavior of commercial fishing vessels under RA 10654, that amends the Fisheries Code,? Ramos explained. The wealth of data which will be collected using the app will greatly contribute to data analysis, and can be a primary basis for any plans related to fisheries management and sustainability, added Dr. Box, who also presented two other technologies for fisheries management, namely: fisher registry system and portable boat tracking device. The fisher registry is an online registration system that records the profile of fishers, allowing governments to track their fisherfolk population. It was piloted in Honduras in 2013, replacing their paper registration process, Box said. The boat tracking device collects data on vessel position and fishing activities. In the Philippines, this would be useful in the vessel monitoring requirement under the recently amended Fisheries Code, especially for commercial fishing vessels. The three tools can provide analytics and visual tools such as graphs, so the information is understandable and can be readily shared, Dr. Box added. ]]>

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