Ghana: Mobile Phone App to Support Fight Against Illegal Fishing Launched

Cape Coast — A new mobile phone application (App) that seeks to support the fight against illegal fishing activities in the country, has been launched in Cape Coast, in the Central Region

The new App, known as DASE, meaning, “evidence” in Fante, would provide quick information on illegal fishing activities at sea.

The facility developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano, under the European Union (EU), and funded by Far Dwuma Nkodo project, would also provide a simple, user friendly programme for use by fisherfolks.

All that a user does in relation to the usage of the app in reporting illegal fishing activities or damaging of fishing gear, is to take a picture of the vessel with its name or identification number, showing and recording the location.

The Fisheries Programmes Manager of Far Dwuma Nkodo project, Mr Socrates Segbor, at the launch of the App, expressed worry that, illegal fishing activities continue to threaten Ghana’s fisheries sector.

He urged the Fisheries Commission, fisherfolks and stakeholders to partner EJF and Hen Mpoano in using the app for its rightful purpose, in order to safeguard the fisheries sector and secure the livelihoods of the people that would depend on it.

The Far Dwuma Nkodo project, Mr Segbor said, since 2017, had been working hard to secure greater environmental sustainability and social equity in the country’s fisheries sector.

He said the project would support efforts at reducing illegal fishing and building the capacities of fishing communities in the sustainable management of their resource.