Abalobi is a fishing app developed in South Africa that help fishers find fish on the sea. The app also helps them find a market to sell their caught seafood.
The life of a South African fisherman, David Shoshola, improves after using the Abalobi app. He catches approximately 20 fishes a day through fishing lines. The app helps him supports his family.
Fishing has changed throughout the ages because of changes in the laws. Many fishes are no longer allowed to be caught despite fishers knowing where they are located. A lot of reef have been considered as sanctuaries, thus restricted fishing grounds. These prohibition is South Africa’s response to the need of conservation to marine species.
Finding fish and selling them to the market are two of the main challenges every fisher faces. Abalobi remedies his difficulties.
The app uses GPS. By doing so, fishers in South Africa can record where they were fishing and they will use it as a reference to future operations. While they are on the sea, they can contact the market so that by the time they dock on the shore, buyers will automatically fetch their produce.
Abalobi uses the isiXhosa language and supported by the South African government. Local mobile phone network, Vodacom, allows fishers to use mobile data for free. More 100 South African fishers alrady registered to the app that helps them expands their business. Because of its success, Abalobi also gets favorable attention from countries like the Seychelles and the UK.
Source: BBC News