Fishermen in California now have a new tool to use to be sure they are not fishing in restricted or limited areas. Fisherman who are using a smart phone can now access a searchable database put together by the Department of Fish and Game that maps out locations of marine protected areas (MPAs). Government Technology reports:
The site allows fishermen, divers, ocean goers and the general public to search for current MPAs by name, county or general area. Officials said the site will be updated if and when new MPAs go into effect. Through an interactive map, users can locate an MPA and find information about its boundaries and regulations. According to the department, some MPAs prohibit fishing or collecting of any kind — so the mobile site might help users avoid those mistakes.
The website allows you see your location on a map and if you are in a restricted area. This is a great use of technology to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors responsibility and protect fragile parts of the environment.
Has anyone used this app yet?