New app for accessible marine information

A new mobile app has been developed by the iMarine consortium to make marine information instantly accessible.

The app, AppliFish, is available both for Android and for iOS and is designed as a pocket book of marine knowledge at the touch of a button. It offers basic information of over 550 marine species, such as a common names and sizes, distribution maps, as well as maps featuring expected changes in species distribution caused by climate change.

The app also has a web version that contains additional scientific information, which can help policy-makers, producers and consumers make informed decisions, and contribute to shape policies necessary for the responsible management of fisheries and conservation of aquatic resources.

These applications include the biodiversity mapping tool AquaMaps, the Vessel Transmitted Information Tool (VTI), reporting on vessel activity and environmental conditions for scientists working in fisheries, and the Integrated Capture Information System (ICIS), providing regional and global information on capture of aquatic species.

iMarine is a global consortium of 13 research institutes, universities and international organisations from three continents with €5 million in funding by the European Union (EU).

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