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Announcements: The Harmful and Toxic Creatures in the Gulf of Aqaba Waters (MoBAA-HarToCA) Mobile Application


The Harmful and Toxic Creatures in the Gulf of Aqaba Waters  (MoBAA-HarToCA) Mobile Application


Mobile-Based Public Awareness Application (MoBAA)


The Harmful and Toxic Creatures in the Gulf of Aqaba Waters




Funded by:


UNDP’s Project

Mainstreaming Marine Biodiversity Conservation Into Coastal Zone Management In Aqaba


Project Coordinator:

Mamoon Mustafa Al-Rshaidat, Ph.D.


Data Collection and Revision:

Khalid Tarabeen, B.Sc. & Mamoon Mustafa Al-Rshaidat, Ph.D.


Development Team:

Nazeeh Ghatasheh, Ph.D. & Shadi Alian, M.Sc.




Mamoon Mustafa Al-Rshaidat

Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

The University of Jordan

Amman 11942, Jordan



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Targeted Users:

Aqaba Visitors and Local Aqaba Community.




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 directorate.



A.    MOBAA-HarToCA Description

·      The Applications is available now for Android systems through the personal website of Dr. Mamoon Al-Rshaidat at The University of Jordan website.

·      The main language for the meantime is Arabic. English language version (interface and content) is to be developed pending finding the proper funding.

·      Easy to use graphical interface.

·      Quick access to information especially when an attack occurs.

·      HTML5 based framework for interoperability and future expandability (Pending future funding)



B.    Information included

·      Safety First “Main splash page”

o   How to avoid an attack.

o   What precautions to take.

·      Creatures

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 First Aid

o   How to diagnose a case; relating symptoms with possible causes.

o   What information to preserve at the time of attack.

o   First aid procedures.

·      Emergency Contact

o   Emergency numbers.

o   Emergency Locations, Map, Directions, etc.

·      About

o   Sponsor

o   Coordinators

o   Development team

o   Sponsoring agency “UNDP project”


C.     Future work:

·      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 visitors.

·      Alarming systems to app users.

·      Reporting system by app users.

·      Dynamic version of the app where contents would be updated automatically.

B.    Operating System:

·      Android.

B.    Special Note:

·      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.

C.     Application Disclaimer:

·      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.

D.    Download the application here:

·      Click on the .apk file below to download it to your smart phone

·      Download link HarToCA.apkHarToCA.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!




Created at 10/9/2016 11:07 AM by mamoon alrshaidat
Last modified at 10/9/2016 11:54 AM by mamoon alrshaidat