UNO to Create Mobile Apps for Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

The University of New Orleans was awarded a 3-year, $482,000 contract by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to develop, test and produce a suite of mobile applications that will put valuable information at the fingertips of anglers and oyster farmers. The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Biological Sciences will collaborate on the project.

The applications will allow anyone with a mobile device to access the information available to LDWF. LDWF agents and the public will also be able to contribute information gathered in the field to LDWF’s databases.

One of the applications under discussion will provide anglers with locations, maps and attributes of artificial fishing reefs; it will also offer tips on the most appropriate fishing method and the species of fish expected to be in the vicinity of the reef. Another planned application will show maps for the state’s private oyster leases, public seed grounds and oyster harvesting area closures from the Department of Health & Hospitals.

Mahdi Abdelguerfi, professor of computer science, and Thomas Soniat, research professor in biological sciences, are the investigators on the project. The research team also includes Daniel War, a research software engineer, and Jorge Chao, a graduate research assistant.

The applications will be developed for both iOS (Apple) and Android platforms.