A buzz word in fisheries management issues is “good science.” Good Science, however, will only occur if there is good data. The
Angler Action Program (AAP) was created by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation
(SGF), in partnership with FWC Marine Fisheries Management, to get anglers
involved with science-based fishery management.
What started out as a collection process for a single species, the snook, expanded to redfish and spotted seatrout, tarpon, bonefish, and permit. Now, with anglers help, the program is collecting data on 100 inshore and offshore species.
The reasoning behind creating the program was explained by Rick Roberts, Executive Director of SGF. “With the threat of longstanding fishing closures, the time was right for recreational anglers at large to stop being viewed as the problem.” A program was needed to bring recreational anglers into the process.
While the form and computer upload ability still exists, anglers now have the option of using state of the art technology for recording catch data. Roberts explains, “The iAngler phone apps are another step in productive communications between recreational anglers and fishery managers.”
Data collected in this program fills a critical need in fishery management by providing data on released as well as harvested fish. AA collects information on fish relative sizes, numbers and locations, data that is only available from anglers recording their fishing trips.
The application developer, Michael Christopher, of Elemental Methods, LLC, had this to
say about the new application. “Mobile technology has become a critical
component in how people work, play, and interact throughout the world.
Elemental Methods has been honored to partner with the Snook and Gamefish
Foundation in applying mobile technology to iAngler, a new and innovative
Smartphone app that allows recreational anglers to record their catch data and contribute to research and industry projects supporting our marine fisheries marine
fisheries. Now, the same mobile technology that makes us more connected and
more efficient will also help shape the future of game fishing.”
Both Android and iPhone versions are now available.
The Google Play Store Android version can be found at: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=iangler+by+angler+action&c=apps
The iPhone version can be found at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iangler-by-angler-action/id526477620?ls=1&mt=8