This February, an app providing location-specific information, including availability of fish, in languages of the coastal states, will be launched. The Hindu reports that Nancy J. Anabel, director, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, said the foundation along with Qualcomm and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, had conducted a pilot project covering 5,800 fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and received positive feedback for the same.
According to her, the pilot project, titled ‘Fish Friend’, was launched in 2014 on 18 phones, and covered information like weather and ocean conditions, potential fishing zones, disaster alerts and current market prices of fish. The app would also warn fishermen in case they were about to cross the international boundary line in the sea. It also alerts fishermen and the Coast Guard in the case of emergencies.