Ras Al Khaimah Launches App for Fishermen to Identify Banned Species

Via Wam.

A new technology released in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is set to enable the fishermen there to determine if any of the fish they catch are protected species. According to Khaleeji Times, if a banned species of fish is caught, the fishermen are obligated to release it at once, otherwise, it would be considered a felony.

The smart app under the name ‘Augmented Reality Measurement’, recently launched by the Ras Al Khaimah Fishermen Society, has the ability to detect over 21 types of banned fish.

The app is now available on both iOS and Play Store with an easy-to-use interface for all the people of Ras Al Khaimah to participate in protecting the environment.

“It runs even without an Internet connection, so fishermen can use it while they are out in the sea. It helps fishermen measure their catch and put the banned fish they caught back into the water,” said Humaid Al Zaabi, deputy chairman of the society.

All fishermen in the emirate will be trained to use the app to ensure the wildlife of Ras Al-Khaimah is kept intact for future generations.

Al Zaabi said that with the app, it takes only a few swipes on a smartphone screen to measure the length of a fish. “The app can capture an image or video of the fish and accurately determine its length from head to tail,” he explained.

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