Fishing with 3G Nets

Status 
Active
Region 
LAC
Description 
Fishing with 3G Nets created a system to foster sustainable economic development and increase public safety by promoting digital and social inclusion for isolated fisherman and oyster's cultivators. The system integrates mobile and web-based applications and tablet devices to support business operations and deliver real-time safety information to participating community members in Santa Cruz Cabralia, Bahia, Brazil. Qualcomm's 3G wireless technology serves as the catalyst to link the beneficiaries with access to information, social networks, and markets. Results: Income generation - Until august 2013, 22 tons of fish were caught, processed and commercialized, which generated U$97,000 in new income to fishermen and their families. Fishermen from the indigenous people of Pataxos are also beneficiaries of the project. Cultivation of oyster to benefit local women - An oyster farm was established to create job for local women. In 2012, more than 10.000 oysters were treated and 4.120 were sold in the market generating U$ 2,574 in revenues. 42 local restaurants and hotels are purchasing oysters using project's web based and mobile equipment to order and communicate with the local women. 3 large aquariums were installed in selected restaurants to showcase the project and sell the oysters. The income generated go straight to the group of 30 local women participants in the project. Internet Access - New telecommunication tower was installed in the community of Guaiu providing to approximately 12.000 residents access to internet and cellular phone system. Replicating Fishing with 3G Nets project in Colombia - Because of the successful implementation and results, Qualcomm has consulted with USAID/Brazil on how to expand the project to Colombia.
Total Lifetime Investment 
$ 650,000.00
Non-USG Investment 
$ 650,000.00
Start Year 
2010
End Year 
2016