Point 97 linked up with the Solomon Islands government and the Coral Triangle Initiative to develop a new mobile app that will improve the ability of surveyors to record exactly what kind of fish and how much is entering the Solomon Island fish markets.
“In the Caribbean our ocean connects us all, and this partnership formally recognizes the linkage between us. We expect this partnership to serve as a hub for new synergies and effectiveness, allowing us to share resources and information while avoiding the unnecessary duplication of efforts.”
-Jean-Pierre Oriol, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
“We need trans-governmental, trans-sectoral partnerships and those involved in public resource management need to collaborate. The MARCO Portal will help build trust through information exchange and offer a place to visualize coastal innovation.”
-Margaret Davidson, Acting Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
“The use of mobile phones to collect information in this way is a new approach... But at the end of the day it is important to have correct information to manage resources.”
-Dr. Christian Ramofafia, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Solomon Islands
“Point 97 has been a terrific partner for mapping recreational uses of the coast and ocean. Their innovative technology helps ensure that recreation is fully considered in ocean planning efforts across the country.
-Pete Stauffer, Ocean Program Manager, Surfrider Foundation
“New decision making tools, such as regional data portals, will facilitate improved collaboration and efficiency in ocean planning. This is especially important for a region like the Mid-Atlantic where we expect to see a modern emergence of renewable energy development.”
-Rick Robins, Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
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