Given the problems of capturing information on-site in many locations and accurately processing the data, the Fisheries Ministry asked the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Coral Triangle Support Partnership to develop a mobile app to speed data transfer.
Partners developed the USAID-funded Hapi Fis, Hapi Pipol! (Happy Fish, Happy People!) cellphone text messaging system app that helps government officials capture information from fishers and fish vendors about major fish markets and landing stations and transmit this data to an Internet database.
Now with a push of a button, surveyors can send this information to a central database in the capital, Honoria, where it is processed and transferred to public bulletin boards.
The computer system analyzes data to help the government share information with the fishing industry and help manage and protect the country’s vital fisheries resources. Telecommunications companies are joining in to promote the app by offering low-cost connectivity for users.
Video: Richard Nyberg, USAID
Music: Richard Nyberg, USAID