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The Caribbean ICT Research Programme was invited to the ICT4Ag (ICT for Agriculture) conference in Rwanda in November of 2013 to showcase the mFisheries mobile application.

“Another major example can be found in the mFisheries suite open source mobile and web applications. This mobile app is use in five fishing communities of Trinidad and Tobago. Fisher folks have access to several services geared towards supporting their efforts in the industry. These include, Prices of fish varieties, GPS technology, a Compass, the “Got Fish/Need Fish” which connects fishermen to one another for market exchange as well as several other services…”

Blogpost by Keron Bascombe, Social Reporter for the ICT4Ag Conference

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As a social reporter, I knew I would get my answers at the Plug and Play day of the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) #ICT4Ag13 conference and I was not disappointed. Participants, including myself, watched with gleaming interest as Daryl Samlal, software developer at the Caribbean ICT Research Institute showcased the enthralling app (well at least for me) –mFisheries that they are currently piloting in Trinidad and Tobago.

Simply described, mFisheries is a large mobile application suite with diverse functions, one stop shop as I see it, all in one tool for the fisheries sector. It assists right from planning a fishing trip, provides weather updates, navigation, fishing techniques, marketing, evaluation & analysis, safety and rescue at sea…”

Blog post by Riten Gosai, Social Reporter for the ICT4Ag Conference.

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“Fisherfolk in the West Indies are benefiting from mFisheries, a suite of mobile and web applications developed at the University of the West Indies. The apps were designed to improve the efficiency, welfare and safety of small-scale fisheries. Using a smartphone, fisherfolk can access weather reports, navigational tools and training tips on first aid and emergency boat repairs. “They can also use an app to find out fish prices in different markets,” explained software developer Daryl Samlal, “and they can post what species they’ve caught and the quantities they’ve got while they are still out at sea.” Buyers using mFisheries can then get directly in touch with the fisherfolk and make a transaction. Launched and tested in Trinidad, this suite of applications could prove just as useful for small-scale fisherfolk in the Pacific, Africa and elsewhere…”

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