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Grad student supports Ghana fisheries project with software, statistics expertise

University of Rhode Island graduate student Daven Amin says he likes the idea of integrating technology in novel places. This summer he did just that, spending two months in Ghana creating an electronic survey of poor fishermen as part of a sustainable fisheries management project being implemented in the African nation.

The Red Hook, N.Y., native spent long hours creating the survey in the Ghanaian offices of the URI Coastal Resources Center, which received a $24 million grant last year from the U.S. Agency for International Development to create and implement the program over the next five years. Amin then conducted field tests of the survey using Android tablets and helped train local staff to administer it.

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