The Jakarta Post
The app aims to disseminate information to fishermen, such as on fishing grounds, the prevalence of fish in the vicinity as well as weather updates. Fishermen can also report their catches through the app, as well as the sales prices. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Telecommunications firm XL Axiata and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry have released an app called Laut Nusantara, which translates to "Seas of the Archipelago".
The app aims to disseminate information to fishermen, such as on fishing grounds, the prevalence of fish in the vicinity as well as weather updates. Fishermen can also report their catches through the app, as well as the sales prices.
The software also helps skippers estimate the fuel consumption for their type of boat to get from one point to another. A chat function connects users to one another.
"We hope the app will help the fishermen enjoy the richness of our archipelagic seas in the digital era," said I Nyoman Radiarta, the head of the Hall of Sea Research and Observation (BROL), as quoted by kompas.com.
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XL Axiata technology director Yessie D. Yosetya said in five months’ time, once the app was fully developed and would entail more information, it would be XL Axiata's second specialized app for fishermen.
Unlike its previous app, mFish, Laut Nusantara works in real-time and is overseen by the ministry, with information officially retrieved from the BROL. The information on the app is claimed to be the latest from the BROL and will be updated every three days based on satellite data.
Laut Nusantara was launched on Google Play Story at the end of August.
It can be used only with an internet connection, which can be challenging when fishermen venture far from the beach, as coverage is limited out at sea.
Additionally, the locally developed app boasts educative features, such as information about coral reefs, conservation of marine biota as well as the threat of pollution. (liz/kes)