FISHERS with Disabilities has launched its new Fishability map.
Over the last 12 months, Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc (FwDAI) has been working on a project to identify locations in WA where people can fish regardless of whether they are elderly, have poor balance or mobility, families with young children, carers and people with disabilities, people who use a wheelchair or who maybe like to sit and spectate.
This project was made possible by the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and supported by Recfishwest and the WA Department of Fisheries.
This project has now identified 137 fishing locations across Western Australia and the map can be viewed online at http://www.fisherswithdisabilities.org.au/go-fishing-yourself.php and all Recfishwest members are encouraged to share the page with friends and family.
Fishers with Disabilities is seeking feedback regarding the site and comments or suggestions can be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on its Facebook page.
The Fishability Map will prove to be another useful tool for all West Australians who enjoy recreational fishing.
In other news relating to the Fishers with Disabilities program, the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club was announced as runner-up in the Best Community Engagement Initiative category at the recent Marina Industries Association Conference Awards last week as a result of the work it does with FwDAI. They have fitted out a fit for purpose fishing boat that is well utilised by fishers in Mandurah and provide a great service to the local community.
The club’s resources are utilised by FwDAI every fortnight for social fishing gatherings, which are greatly appreciated by members of the local disabled community.
If you know of a fishing location you believe should be added to this map contact Fishers with Disabilities to find out how it can be added.