Digitising data a challenge for Pacific fishing industry

by Radio New Zealand | 30 April 2018 | News

Republished from Radio New Zealand, 30 April 2018

The Forum Fisheries Agency says the Pacific is facing big challenges as it embraces digital technology.

 Tuna on the deck of a Pacific fishing vessel.

Tuna on the deck of a Pacific fishing vessel. Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson

A systems analyst for the agency said that in the fisheries sector, work to digitise information was ongoing and labour intensive.

Ano Tisam said many organisations and governments in the region still used pen and paper.

He said to move ahead, information needed to be accessible in a digital format and properly stored and archived.

FFA Systems analyst, Ano Tisam.

FFA Systems analyst, Ano Tisam. Photo: RNZ Pacific Sara Vui-Talitu

“We used technology to help Pacific governments to move away from what they are doing in terms of paper, and transitioning them over to digital technologies so that they can improve the way that they do things to make things more efficient and more effective.”

Ano Tisam was visiting New Zealand from Solomon Islands as a guest speaker at last week’s Pacific Tech Summit in Auckland.