Chile is better placed than ever before to sustainably manage its fisheries after adopting an easy-to-use WWF-backed app that enables fishers to report their catch using a smartphone.
Catch data, such as when, where and how many fish are taken, is made immediately available to fishery managers via a website – making it faster, easier, and more cost-effective to track and monitor every boat's catch per fishing trip. Chile, which has one of the world’s largest fishing economies, is hoping to better control bycatch and the discarding of fish through this new tool, which has been installed across the country’s industrial fleet of 121 vessels. Shrimp fishers in Ecuador have already successfully piloted the app, with other countries in South America now interested. The app was developed with funding from the Walton Family Foundation and WWF-US.