by Taetske | 2:08 pm
(Last Updated On: June 28, 2019)

 

 

Modern technology is helping the Mediterranean Sea

 

The Bay of Haifa

The Bay of Haifa

 

How I started with modern technology

I must start my story by telling you, I am not a technical person. It was late in life (end of 2013) when I got my first computer. I had told all my friends worldwide I did not need a computer as I was writing all my correspondence by hand. Life is like it is and suddenly, because of circumstances, I had a computer, kind of out of the blue.

My dear neighbor was so kind to give me 8 intensive computer lessons and with that knowledge, I was able to send emails, receive them and open them, I know you might be laughing at this. Soon I could send my private photos and slowly but surely, I got kind of used to that little machine.

 

Discovering the possibilities on the internet

Then I discovered I could do online Mater Classes and Summits as well. These were mainly on health and spiritual issues. In January 2017, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate and I started a website. This first website was soon to be followed by a second as all my interest did not fit on one. I write about my hobbies, places I have been to, health and environmental related subjects.

I write about those things which catch my interest. Because of investigating and writing for my websites, my world view has changed considerably.

 

Bottles polluting the Beach

Bottles pollution on the Beach

 

My interest in environmental issues

Recently I wrote about how waste is suffocating the Mediterranean Sea. I have been in Spain since 1975 and have lived on my organic farm since 1981. I read the Spanish Sur newspaper and also the English edition, Sur in English. Often I find interesting things which give me the inspiration to write a post for one of my website.

That is how I came to write this post on the Mediterranean Sea. On the Costa del Sol, in the south of Spain is the lovely village called Nerja. Just off the coast is a 9-tonne mountain of waste formed by used wet-wipes. It is close to a protected area and it needs to be taken care of immediately.

 

 

Hearing about the Sea Watch project

Shortly after publishing my post I got a comment and was contacted on my email by Ofer Keren. He told me about a cell phone application called Sea Watch, that helps report misuse of the sea’s resources and pollution. This app is free on the App Store and Google Play.  I think this is a brilliant idea as technology steps in to help monitor the Israeli coast.

There are apps available for reporting pollution in other regions of the world, such the app Marine Litter Watch, developed by the European Environment Agency, or the app See it, Say it or those who live in Ireland, or even the app Galveston Bay Action Network developed for helping protect the Galveston Bay area of Texas, USA.

Ofer was suggesting that other countries along the Mediterranean might be looking to utilize this kind of notification system. It is an App for your smartphone which enables real-time access to the authorities who supervise the quality of the beach and the appropriate authorities in the case of sea-related issues.

 

Surfer walking on beach

Surfer walking on the Beach

 

An App made in Israel

This App was developed in Israel and has made a big impact. Have you ever been to a beach and observed something which annoyed you but you did not know what to do? Like when you see ghost fishing nets entangled on the rocks. Illegal fishing and seeing forbidden fish being sold on the market. Wounded animals like sea turtles, dolphins, and birds or non-native invasive species which should not be there. Then you might also see the pollution of the water by un-recycled waste or waste oil from ships.

Detecting any of these situations in the past would have required the observer to go physically to report it to the police and or authority in question. Now you can do it from your smartphone and save valuable time.

 

How to become an environmental guard

Instead of relying on the concept that the authorities will find out about the issue, you can be an active participant in the protection of our environment. It enables you to participate in marine conservation and it improves awareness of the public for marine conservation in general. As that happens, the data collected by the people will put more pressure on the policymakers to improve marine management and enforcement.

Not so long ago I wrote a post that 1000 eyes see more than 2 alluding to the fact that there are many amateur scientists who help the scientific community with their observations. This app will enable regular individuals to become involved and react when something is amiss.

 

Let’s have a look at how this App works

On your screen, you will see 9 easily identifiable icons for the emergency situations you might encounter. Below the icons, you find a space where you can make an emergency call. It is all at the tip of your finger. You have the possibility to send a photo, send the GPS position of your observation, and your findings will be sent to the right institution immediately. You can send a report online as an SMS plus an email to the specific personnel.

You fill in which category your observation belongs, date and time, location and Google map link. Who you are, including a phone number and email. A description of the happening including photos and or video.

It is not only on the beach you might find something disturbing. Imagine you go to the market and see illegal fish for sale or fish that have not reached the required length, like selling baby fish. In Jafa, Israel, this App has shown to be a great help. Hopefully, it will spread to all countries worldwide.

 

Green-Sea-Turtle

Green-Sea- Turtle

 

Some data on Israel’s marine life

In  Israel, every year, 100.000 endangered marine animals, including sharks and rays, are illegally fished. On top of that come at least 2 dolphins and a staggering 3000 sea turtles are harmed annually by fishing activities. Because of the many years of over-fishing, Israel has driven its local fish population to near extinction. The same can be said for other countries on the Mediterranean Sea.

When you look at the world the data is staggering and very sad.

Surfers, swimmers, fishermen and nature lovers filed reports about the hazards and illegal activity they were witnessing on the Israeli beaches but these reports got kind of lost in the bureaucratic mill. Too much paperwork and coming too late to the right spot made this system highly ineffective.

 

 

Sea Watch is created

Last fall something good happened. Sea Watch was born. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) developed this App, which enables its user to report any unfortunate happening connected to marine life. This free App has been downloaded more than 8000 times and has made a profound impact on Israel’s marine life.

Shortly after its launch, a deep sea fishing boat was spotted in the harbor of Haifa. It was filled with crates which held the protected round stingrays. Using the App to report this incident the Rangers from the Israel Nature and Parks authorities promptly arrived on the scene.

The App helps with saving turtles. Recently a baby turtle with a piece of ghost fishing net around its neck was washed ashore where surfers found it. Using the App, a ranger appeared promptly and took the baby turtle to the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The baby turtle was baptized by the name of Michelangelo, is recovering well and soon will be returned to the sea.

 

An App which looks similar to the Sea Watch App

An App which looks similar to the Sea Watch App

 

Conclusion

This App can be downloaded for free. Sea Watch App for Android and also on Apps on Google Play. I think it is very important to spread this news so all countries which border on the water should have this App with the specific authorities for each situation. Please spread this news as we are all responsible for taking care of our environment.

So, your country doesn’t have a coast? That would not be a problem, as this principle of reporting situations can be applied to any place you live. River pollution, oil spills, excessive smokestack emissions, these are all things that the 1000 eyes can help find.

I told you at the beginning of my post I am not a technical person but I applaud this initiative and the potential is huge. Mother earth needs her citizens to protest and report whenever something bad is happening to her.

 

Source: Ofer Kering https://www.kerenrg.com/english/ and ofer@kerenrg.com

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Some unusual things are happening in the Mediterranean Sea. You might like to read the following post.

Is the Alboran Sea at Risk because of Climate Change?

 

 

Comments

Michel

What a great idea to have an app to help the planet, and it’s great to see so many of them coming out. These types of apps are something we should all have on our phones so that we can readily report something if we come across it, especially people who live near and walk a lot on the beach.

This will also make the users of the apps more aware of the dangers of plastics and pollution in our waters and if everyone makes a conscious effort we can combat this together.

Jun 24.2019 | 05:13 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Michel,

    How great it would be if this idea would spread over the whole world. Like that, a lot of unnoticed emergencies and also criminal acts against Fauna and Flora could be reported immediately. In some countries, similar Apps exist but it is not enough, hopefully, all countries will follow this good example.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 25.2019 | 06:49 am

Snigdha Alam

Wow, I really like your interest in environmental issues. You shared your possibilities to develop mankind through technology. About the app which is made in Israel, I heard that. But could not know how to use it. You explained it very nicely but sorry I couldn’t understand clearly. Can you help me? I also want to help the Mediterranean life. Thanks a lot for your helpful, important and informative post. I will share your post to others.

Jun 24.2019 | 05:53 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Snigdha,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Sorry to hear that you did not completely understand my post. Did you click on the blue link which says Sea Watch? There you have an article which also explains how this functions. At the bottom of that article, you can click again and then you will see a picture of that App with the 9 Icons.

    This App only functions in Israel as it is connected to the local authorities and organizations. Therefore it is so important that all countries can offer their citizens similar Apps so worldwide people can help save marine life and the environment.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Jun 25.2019 | 06:43 am

Hendrik Kaiser

Hi, thanks for this post. Sadly I can’t download the app in Canada and it looks like it is all written in Israeli which doesn’t help me much. I hope they will continue developing it and translating it into more languages. Great idea. I also found a couple of interesting environmental apps. These new technologies are opening up new ways to connect and help. I love it. It so easy to become a little activist/helper.

Jun 28.2019 | 12:30 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Hendrik,

    Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    It is an App made in Israel and therefore connected to the Israeli authorities. That is why all countries should have an App like that focusing on their part of the coast.
    I think the idea is very good as immediate action is possible. Not letting precious time pass, hours or even days before help arrives.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 28.2019 | 02:42 pm

Sylvia Mann

This is a very powerful post, Taetske, and I appreciate all the details on the information you are providing.
Unfortunately, I still don’t carry one of the new smartphones but I certainly will share it so that people who are using these phones can download the App.
It is a shame what we, as a species, have done to this planet and we already paying the prize just look at Europe being under an awful heat wave.
I could rant way more but I guess we all know that it is 5 minutes past twelve and there is certainly no more time to waste and “just” talk is way too cheap.
Thank you dear Taetske for being on top of it and spreading the so much needed awareness Mother Nature needs help right now.
Love and Namaste
Sylvia

Jun 28.2019 | 03:16 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Sylvia,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my post. Nice to see you again.

    The App is made in Israel so is connected to the Israeli authorities there. One can download this App but depending where you live in the world it needs to connect to the institutions and authorities in your country otherwise it is of no use. It would be a lovely idea if all countries would use a similar App.

    By the year 2050, it will be nearly impossible to live in Spain and only 50 years after that Spain and Portugal will be a big desert. I know it is 5 minutes past twelve and I am not sure we will make it. On the other hand, when I come across such positive news I regain hope again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 29.2019 | 03:07 pm

Jack Taylor

I love the ocean and really loved your article about Modern technology is helping the Mediterranean Sea. What a beautiful place that must be. I would love to visit there some day. But until I can visit the Mediterranean Sea in person. I did the next best thing and just downloaded the Sea Watch App. Thank you so much for an awesome article. I saved your website to my favorites for future reference.

Jack

Jul 07.2019 | 06:17 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Jack,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    As I said in my post I am not technical so I want to ask you a question. You have downloaded this Sea Watch App but where does it connect you to? Do you live in Israel? I thought the authorities of your country have to get this App connected to them? So please tell me when you activate this App what happens.

    I have come across this innovative idea recently and am very happy I did. Have a look at the green widget under my photo. You might like the idea to help the planet and people.

    Regards, taetske

    Jul 07.2019 | 07:18 am

Sondra M

For the better part of this year, I have been in the early stages of planning a move to a coastal area.    (I currently live about 24 hours drive from any beach.)  In doing my research, I have been reading about the various rules and the importance of marine conservation.   

Your article was particularly interesting because my son visited Israel about two years ago.   It is very sad to read that their local fish population in Israel is almost extinct.    This new app sounds like a brilliant idea that will allow problems to be reported and sent to the proper group in a timely manner.    I hope that it will work well enough that other areas can use it to assist their conversation and protection efforts.     

Jul 09.2019 | 04:48 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Sondra,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I personally think this type of App is fantastic. To be able to act immediately when needed and like that be able to save a life. I very much hope all countries will follow up on this idea, well, some have already. If it should come to Spain I will seriously think of having it at least on my partner’s smartphone as most of the time we do things together. You never know I might even get myself a phone like that.

    I am a big fan of all things which have a positive influence on our planet. Recently I came across something like that. Please have a look at the widget under my photo. I came across bUnited only a week ago and love the concept of it.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jul 10.2019 | 03:43 pm

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