The Institute of Marine Affairs in collaboration with the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) launched on November 6th, 2020 an Integrated Environmental Incident Software Platform and mobile application: The Lionfish SeaiTT App. The App is available for free download via the Apple Store and the Google Play Store for iOS and Android users. The Lionfish SeaiTT mobile App was funded by the Green Fund of Trinidad and Tobago as a major objective of the project ‘Control and Management of the Invasive Lionfish in Trinidad and Tobago’, which commenced in 2014.
This mobile app creates a platform that allows stakeholders and the general public to conveniently report lionfish sightings, oil spills, fish kills, coral bleaching, coastal erosion and all other environmental incidents. The Lionfish SeaiTT App is user friendly as it is easy to manoeuvre with quick access entry tools and GPS location, thus allowing users to effortlessly submit information on environmental incidents. The information provided by stakeholders on environmental incidents such as an oil spill or fish kill is first verified, and then a determination is made as to whether further investigation and monitoring is warranted. The data submitted by stakeholders e.g. lionfish sightings is important for IMA’s research work, and in finding solutions to address environmental problems.
The Lionfish SeaiTT mobile App not only allows the IMA to receive information from the public, but it provides users with information on research conducted at the IMA; newsletters and press articles; notifications of upcoming events; information on the amenities at popular beaches throughout the country and daily tidal information.
We encourage environmental enthusiasts, stakeholders, students and the general public to conveniently report any environmental incidents by downloading The Lionfish SeaiTT mobile App which is now available for free via the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.