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Gone Fishing With Mobile Convergence

April 15, 2015 by

Both nationally and internationally, the program mFish is making a large impact on the fishing industry. The mobile application provides needed information, as well as data that those out on the water wouldn't have thought they required. As long as they have access to a mobile device, fishermen can access anything from the weather to market information.

Providing a Plethora of Information

The app provides real-time data to fishermen's cellphones, even while on their boats. The fishing and seafood industries can collaborate through the program, sharing information about fisheries and the market, the U.S. Department of State said.

Mobile convergence allows fishermen to use their cellular data to access unregulated fishing areas, mobile pay, and maps, according to Enterprise Innovation. Messaging will also be available to allow fishermen to communicate with one another.

MFish isn't the only mobile app out there attempting to protect the oceans and keep anglers within legal means. FishAlerts! provides fishermen with weather conditions and tide data, as well as the ability to see their location, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explained. The app also allows users to connect to their social media accounts in order to upload pictures and update statuses.

Benefiting From Data

While this app is important for commercial fishermen, it also positively impacts the animals they're hunting. The creators and promoters of the program hope it encourages eco-friendly and sustainable practices, Enterprise Innovation reported.

According to the Environmental Defense Fund, 87 percent of the world's fishery populations are depleted and one in two fish stocks either are or are near overexploitation. Meanwhile, small fishermen are struggling to make ends meet, the U.S. Department of State explained. MFish will provide information that will prevent fish stocks from being over depleted.  FishAlerts! also aims to ensure fishermen stay within legal boundaries while on open waters, according to the NOAA.

"Anglers want to fish safely and abide by the rules, but there are no lines in the ocean," the app's creator, Harry Carpenter, explained. "Using the latest technology, we're allowing anglers to access this critical NOAA information on their cell phone or tablet from their home, dock or boat."

Not only does the mobile app show fishermen useful information for where to sail, it also strives to educate them on sustainable and safe fishing practices.

These mobile application utilize UC solutions to establish both commercial and eco-friendly fishing methods, as well as allow fishermen to monitor the weather and market data and communicate among themselves.

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