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New App To Help Monitoring, Control And Surveillance

A new app will be used to provide fisheries MCS (monitoring, control, and surveillance) officers better access to analysed data and tools to assist in their daily work. The Regional
17 Nov 2016 11:00
New App To Help Monitoring, Control And Surveillance
Local fisheries officer Adi Losalini Raikuna,(right) and Donna Asi (PNG) on- board a fishing boat at Port Mua-i-Walu in Suva yesterday. Photo: FFA.

A new app will be used to provide fisheries MCS (monitoring, control, and surveillance) officers better access to analysed data and tools to assist in their daily work.

The Regional Information Management Facility app will help these officers in vessel compliance inspections and vessel monitoring.

These are just the initial features available in the app and they expect more features to be developed and rolled out through this app in the future.

A trial of this app was carried out by the Forum Fisheries Agency at Port Mua-i-Walu Jetty in Walu Bay, Suva yesterday.

As part of the Regional Information Management workshop training, regional participants were part of the on-board boat demonstration, testing out the new mobile App.

Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources Officer Latishia Maui said the new method of collecting data was important because the fisheries sector was the main source of food security in the Pacific.

“Making sure there is fish available for the future in the area of harvesting and sustainability is very important,” said Ms Maui.

For Federated States of Micronesia Representative, Justino Helgen, the tablet has made their work more efficient from a manual to digital format and saves  time too.

“Collecting of data will be more precise now and will help our officers in inspecting vessels,” said Mr Helgen.

According to Forum fisheries Agency, Information Technology manager, Kenneth Katafono, the long-term plan for the training was to customise the technological tools to fit national requirements.

“The benefit for this electronic data is that  it’s easier to capture the data that is put in a database that can be accessible and utilised,” said Mr Katafono.

The Pacific tuna industry is a multi-billion dollar sector and such tools will help Regional countries maximise their economic benefit by conducting better inspection on fishing activities and being more informed.

The workshop is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including Japan.

The workshop ends today.

EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA



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