Over-fishing has been one of the main environment concern of today’s age that worries advocates and scientists alike. The need for conservation may pose an unfavorable stance towards fish tracking mobile apps.
While fish tracker app Abalobi improves the lives of small-scale fishers in South Africa, some experts are not that convinced. For Matt Hayes who operates a salmon fishery in the Norway, says that mobile fish tracking apps will push more people to target specific fishes and ultimately eliminate them. Thus, it has the risk of making fishers unemployed.
However, some scientists like Dr Clive True is optimistic towards mobile apps like Abalobi. For him, fish tracking apps will not only help people catch fish but also help conservation since fishers will not only exploit the same spot to fish. This will allow the fishing grounds to regenerate, thus reduced stress from over-fishing.
Developers of the app also share the same positive view. Serge Raemaekers, one of the researchers, says that conservation is one of the main purpose of creating the app. Data that has been inputted by fishers will be stored into Google’s cloud platform and then shared to the students in the University of Cape Town who are monitoring the status of the marine environment.
Fish tracking mobile apps helps small fishers and there should be no reason why development of the app be halted. Commercial fishing has been using crude technology while SONAR to track fishes. However, the electronic waves they emit causes disturbance to marine species which communicate through echolocation.
Source: BBC News