A group of innovators and marine ecosystem custodians working out of Alaska as part of the Skipper Science Partnership have unveiled an innovative new smartphone app that is designed to tap into the real-time observations of fishermen and others who spend considerable time engaging with the ocean.
The 'Skipper Science' app allows people who live and work along the Alaskan coastline to register their observations within the app so that it can be organized and leveraged as hard data that can then influence marine resource management policies and practices.
Whether it's the sighting of a rarely-seen fish species or the experience of unusual currents, users of the app can upload their observations onto the app. While Internet access is often not available out on the ocean, that's not a problem because the 'Skipper Science' app holds on to data before uploading it once it has access to the Internet.
By combining the power of crowdsourcing with the real-time observations of people who live and work on the coastline, this app makes for a novel and science-based way to influence marine policies.
Image Credit: Chris Miller / Skipper Science