"700DALOY" Dedicated Alert Lines for Ocean Biodiversity

The Public-Private Partnership between ECOFISH, the Philippine National Police - Maritime Group, and Smart Communications, Inc. aims to establish an official text messaging hotline and communications platform for the public to pass on critical information related to marine environmental protection in the Philippines to the PNP-MG, through voice and text messaging.

"700DALOY" Dedicated Alert Lines for Ocean Biodiversity

Tawi-Tawi is a distant island in the Philippines archipelago, not far from Malaysia. The waters surrounding the island are pristine and rich with marine life. This rich natural resource is under increasing threat as illegal fishing and smuggling are on the rise due to the rapidly growing demand for fresh seafood across southeast Asia and beyond. “Dynamite and cyanide fishing are rampant,” says Tawi-Tawi’s governor. These illegal practices destroy delicate marine ecosystems, threatening the livelihoods of the island’s fishing communities.

The 700DALOY (Dedicated Alert Lines for Ocean Biodiversity) hotline – which runs on SMART’s web-based SMS platform – was piloted in Tawi-Tawi and will eventually be launched in other parts of the country. Under this program, SMART subscribers in Tawi-Tawi can anonymously send SMS reports about maritime violations to 700DALOY. This program is part of the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (Ecofish) project of BFAR and USAID, which seeks to promote an ecosystem-based fisheries management where fishing vessel registration is also essential.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Tetra Tech

    Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. The reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of the employees—16,000 people...

  • Smart Communications, Inc.

    Service Providers
    Philippines | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is a wireless services provider with 52.1 million subscribers on its GSM network as of end-September 2012. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having...

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Key Information

LocationPhilippines, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 187 Thousand