The Directorate of the Galapagos National Park (DPNG) implemented a modern mobilization guide system on Santa Cruz Island, which combines a cellular application developed by Galapagos Tech and the connection of a smart phone with a thermal printing device, which issue a secure document.
Jorge Carrión, director of the DPNG, said that using this technology will improve the control and management capacity of the institution and systematize the processes that are executed.
The tool verifies the information of the user with the identity card in the database of the Civil Registry. Then the information is synchronized and automatically entered into the fishing registry of the environmental authority by Wi-Fi.
It also delivers the frequency of guides requested by a person. According to the management measures, a user can request guides per day up to 60 pounds of fish and in the case of shrimp (Scyllarides astori) up to 10 pounds of tail or 10 whole individuals.
At the beginning of 2016, the control authorities of the Baltra airport discovered a shipment of 3,600 sea cucumbers destined for Guayaquil.
The finding made it possible to identify the need to improve security in the control filters, as well as the issuance of guidelines for the mobilization of authorized marine resources.
The park ranger Jules Paredes recalled that before they carried a book with 100 guides that filled by hand with the user’s data, the type of species, weight, quantity and destination of the shipment.
“The next day the same official or another colleague entered that information in the database of the institution. This caused loss of time, while the ranger recorded the information on the computer or tried to understand the letter of the partner, “Paredes recalled.
The issued guide has security measures, such as a quick response code (QR) that can be read by park rangers who control the airport, institutional logos and special ink that is not erased by humidity.
In the future, the tool will also be replicated in the San Cristóbal and Isabela Islands. (I)