Small-scale fishers in the West African nation of Ghana are using a recently released smartphone app to gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, which they say is occurring by industrial vessels.
According to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), which developed the DASE app, the word means “evidence” in the Fante language, the project has already alerted officials to a trawler that was fishing in a special zone set aside for canoe fishing. A similar app is being planned for Liberia, the group said.
According to EJF, when a fisher sees illegal fishing they can open the app and take a photo of the vessel. The app then transmits a photo of the boat and location to a central database that can be used for enforcement purposes.