Public Awareness Application (MoBAA)
and Toxic Creatures in the Gulf of Aqaba Waters
Mainstreaming Marine Biodiversity
Conservation Into Coastal Zone Management In Aqaba
Mustafa Al-Rshaidat, Ph.D.
Data Collection and Revision:
Tarabeen, B.Sc. & Mamoon Mustafa Al-Rshaidat, Ph.D.
Ghatasheh, Ph.D. & Shadi Alian, M.Sc.
of Biological Sciences
University of Jordan
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Aqaba Visitors and Local Aqaba
Aside to the
spectacular beauty of the undersea life at the Gulf of Aqaba resides a few
numbers of toxic and dangerous creatures. Every year some individuals get
harmed or even killed accidentally after direct contact with certain creatures.
The most recent incident took place on Friday October 10th, 2014
when a man in his twenties got attacked by a stone-fish, the most harmful fish
in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red sea, this man died the same day as a result of
this fatal attack. Many other attacks incidents have been documented in Aqaba. Therefor,
it is imperative to undergo a better knowledge dissemination and awareness campaign.
The development of MoBAA (Mobile-Based Awareness Applications) family, which is a series of mobile applications targeting
the public to spread awareness about special issues affecting the well being of
the community. This mobile application carries the name: HarToCA (Harmful and Toxic Creatures in Gulf of Aqaba).
MOBAA-HarToCA includes useful
information focusing on the harmful and toxic creatures in the Gulf of Aqaba
waters, how to avoid their attacks, and first aid remedies in such incidents. It
also includes some of the major guiding signs developed by ASEZA environment
· The Applications is available now for Android systems through
the personal website of Dr. Mamoon Al-Rshaidat at The University of Jordan
· The main language for the meantime is Arabic. English language
version (interface and content) is to be developed pending finding the proper
· Easy to use graphical interface.
· Quick access to information especially when an attack
· HTML5 based framework for interoperability and future
expandability (Pending future funding)
· Safety First “Main
o How to avoid an attack.
o What precautions to take.
o List of the creatures.
o Image(s) of the creatures.
o Illustrative figures, videos, and cases of attack (Embedded,
streamed from YouTube) where available.
· Diagnosis and
o How to diagnose a case; relating symptoms with possible
o What information to preserve at the time of attack.
o First aid procedures.
o Emergency numbers.
o Emergency Locations, Map, Directions, etc.
o Development team
o Sponsoring agency “UNDP project”
· Creature’s activity information as when the creatures become
close to the shore, as data become available.
· Spatial and temporal abundance and density of the listed creatures
as survey data become available.
· English version: upgrade to include English interface and
content (Priority upgrade).
· Translation of the app into multiple languages.
· Marketing the app internationally; targeting possible Aqaba
· Alarming systems to app users.
· Reporting system by app users.
· Dynamic version of the app where contents would be updated
· The coordinators of this project maintain the right to keep
the “source code” for this application, in addition to any other applications that
will be based on, or modified from MoBAA.
· The information contained in this application is for general
information purposes only. The information is provided by Dr. Mamoon
Al-Rshaidat or The University of Jordan and while we endeavour to keep the
information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of
any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability,
suitability or availability with respect to the application or the information,
products, services, or related graphics contained on the application for any
purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at
your own risk.
· In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage
including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any
loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of,
or in connection with, the use of this application.
· Through this application you are able to link to other
websites which are not under the control of Dr. Mamoon Al-Rshaidat or The
University of Jordan. We have no control over the nature, content and
availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily
imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
· Every effort is made to keep the application up and running
smoothly. However, Dr. Mamoon Al-Rshaidat or The University of Jordan takes no
responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the application being
temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.
Download the application here:
· Click on the .apk file below to download it to your smart
· Download link HarToCA.apk
· Install the app on your smart phone. Make sure to change
your phone settings to allow installation of apps from sources other than the
Play Store. You can do that by going to Settings>Security>Device
administrators… Click on “Unknown sources”
· Happy and Safe swimming!