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The fishery sector is vital to the economy of SIDS such as Trinidad and Tobago, both in providing employment, particularly in rural communities, and in enhancing the local food supply. The government of Trinidad and Tobago has prioritized development of the fishing industry due to its economic and social importance for the country with the target of making it not only competitive, profitable and sustainable but also equitable, inclusive and supportive of the local fishing communities. Barriers to fishing industry development include lack of training in natural resources management and in sea safety. Due to high mobile phone penetration in the country (86 per cent among the poor), the use of mobiles is identified as a highly effective tool to address the problems especially in the small scale fishing industry. Through the mFISHERIES mobile app users can see ‘Got Fish’ posts by local fishermen, make a request via the ‘NeedFish’, get quick access to wholesale market prices, access a compass and GPS enabled location, improve their safety through the ‘Info Zone’ with sea safety information and a SOS button for emergencies that automatically alerts the coast guard about one’s position when help is needed.