Shimano Australia Supporting Sustainable Fishing in the West

Media Announcement 

International industry leaders, Shimano, have teamed up with Recfishwest to become proud Supporting Partners of Recfishwest’s Smartphone App.

Launched by Recfishwest in 2016, Western Australia’s only fishing rules App is free and makes people’s fishing stress free and simpler – all at the touch of a button. Since its release, the App has become a key tool in supporting sustainable fishing and assisting fishers do the right thing.

Leading fishing technologies since 1921, Shimano produces the highest quality fishing products on the market, and now the tackle giant have thrown their support behind Recfishwest and believe the smartphone App plays a vital role in helping people fish for the future.

Managing Director of Shimano Australia Fishing Colin Tanahill said he was proud to align the Shimano brand with that of Recfishwest’s and believes the partnership is important to keeping people fishing.

“Our brand is about getting people out fishing in Australia, and to now partner with WA’s peak body for fishing, Recfishwest, is great for the WA community,” Mr Tanahill said.

“We’ve built our trust over many years, both in Australia and abroad, by providing fishers with the best fishing gear possible but it’s also important to support organisations like Recfishwest who provide the community with more places to fish and more fish to catch!”

“Becoming a Supporting Partner of the Recfishwest App is important to continue the ‘fish for the future’ message, and the more people using the app to understand the rules, the better our fishing will be in years to come.”

“We love what the team at Recfishwest does to help make WA one of the best fishing locations in the world – whether it’s Barra up North or Dhufish down South, our values align with theirs so partnering with them makes sense.”

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland was thrilled to have the Shimano Australia team on board as supporting partners of Recfishwest and our App.

“The Shimano brand has long been associated with trust amongst fishers, with a dedicated mantra to delivering the community with quality gear and supporting quality fishing experiences and with their support we can continue delivering great fishing experiences for all West Aussies,” Dr Rowland said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation it’s important to have partners who believe in our values and align with our vision of ensuring we have safe, sustainable, accessible and enjoyable fishing for the community forever.”

For more about Shimano Australia, click here.

 

Partnering with Recfishwest allows businesses to access one of WA’s most engaged and active communities, some 750,000 fishing West Aussies. Recfishwest have a range of Partnerships that can meet your social and corporate needs from supporting kids and families, to conservation and research, to fishing safety and digital communications. Contact Tim at tim@recfishwest.org.au to find out more.

WA Fishers Now Going Digital: Recfishwest App Version 2

The App is available for both iPhone and Android making it the perfect digital companion for recreational fishers, especially those wetting a line in unfamiliar waters.

Fishing new locations can often mean you are unaware of the exact identity of the fish you catch and in turn the rules and regulations for those new species.

The Recfishwest App not only allows you to identify fish through a simple three-step process based on fish shape, tail shape and colour, it then provides the recreational fishing rules for that species. For example, this could be particularly useful when dealing with different types of Emperor species through the Mid-West region.

Using the Recfishwest App, you can correctly identify any fish you catch and find out the exact size and bag limits for the relevant location. All the current recreational fishing rules for WA are in the App, so no matter what species you need to know about, the information is at your fingertips.

Some people wouldn’t have realised this, but by having the App and actively using it when you fish, you’re actually doing your part for sustainability and healthy fish stocks. If the App guides you to release your catch or outlines specific rules for that fish and your fish doesn’t comply, a swift return to the water will ensure you’re not in the wrong and the fish can live to fight another day.

The App will even send you reminders about relevant seasonal openings and closures. This information is available on your device, even when you are out of reception range making it a necessity for recreational fishers. The App will give you confidence in knowing the rules so you can focus on your fishing and best of all, it is completely free.

The app currently rates an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Apple and Google Play stores, and we have been thrilled to hear that the app is assisting fishers out on the water.

We had some positive feedback with some great suggestions to consider for Version 2. We have listened to your recommendations and worked hard to ensure the App remained fresh, up to date and included more information people want to see.

Now we’re proud to bring the community the new and improved second version of the App.  We’ve also provided some FAQ’s below, for some of the issues people are having with downloading the App.

Version 2 of the App Helping You Return You Home Safe!
– My Licence feature
– My Safety Gear feature
– Emergency Contacts
– New Species added
– Improved Fish ID
– 4.5/5 star rating in App & Google Store

In October 2016 we were extremely excited to launch Version 2 of the Recfishwest App. We have added an additional 10 species (with another 30 to be entered in the coming weeks), along with the new ‘My Tools’ feature, that has been designed to ensure that your fishing experiences are the best they can be, all while keeping it free to download. The new ‘My Tools’ feature is the ultimate ‘Fishing Wallet’ allowing you to store all of your licences and safety gear in one convenient location. The reminder notifications of expiry and service dates are the ideal way to keep you on the water with valid licences and safety equipment.

Within the new ‘My Tools’ feature you’ll find My Licences and My Safety Gear. ‘My Licences’ allows you take a photo of your licences and set reminder notifications for when they’re about to expire. It’s not just for your fishing licences either, you can customize your licence list and add your Skippers Ticket, Drivers Licence and Scuba Diving Ticket, for example.

We want peoples fishing experiences to be as stress free as possible and now with this new feature, there’s no need to stress about whether you have a licence or if it’s expired or where it is, simply log it in the App and go fishing!  ‘My Safety Gear’ is another important and helpful feature. Similarly to the licence feature, it allows you to log your safety equipment and set reminder notifications for when your safety gear is about to expire.  This feature is the ultimate safety tool, giving you the confidence that all your safety gear is up to date and in a condition that’s ready to use in case of an emergency! You can log your flares, EPIRB, life jackets, boat service, scuba diving equipment or even your car or trailer service. We want all fishers to return home safe and if this simple tool can help do that, we believe it’s a benefit to the community.

We’ve fixed some fish identification issues people were having, mainly regarding accessing all of the tail shapes. We’ve also tried to clean up some of the colours in the fish ID phase, noting most fish can be multiple colours in its lifecycle and may vary across regions.  We’ve added more information for some fish species e.g. features, habitat, how to catch and over the coming months, we endeavour to have these completed for all the species in the App.

App users will also see banner ads in version 2 of the App. Sponsored ads will not be flashing or flicking or promote products that don’t fit within our sponsorship guidelines. We are always on look out to partner with like-minded organisations to help us make fishing better in WA. If community partners would like to get on board and help make a difference and help put more fish back in the water, sponsor fish habitat projects or educate the next generation of fishers, please contact recfish@recfishwest.org.au

Recfishwest strives for great fishing experiences for all in the WA community forever, which is why we have added new features for your convenience. Take the stress out of your fishing and download the app today!

Frequently Asked Questions

My App won’t show pictures? This is a simple fix – the App requires good Wi-Fi connection to download the images to your phone. Simply leave it in Wi-Fi connection and all images and data will download to your phone.

My App is showing the wrong images and fish names? Just like the above answer – the App requires good Wi-Fi connection to download the images to your phone. Simply leave it in Wi-Fi connection and all images and data will download to your phone.

I have an Android Phone and most of the App images won’t download? – Android now have put download limits on initial App downloads. So when you download the App not all the images will appear as we had to cut some so you could download the App – but simply leave it in Wi-Fi connection and all images and data will download to your phone and then you will have all the images.

I still can’t see notifications? – Simple, just update to the new version in the App store or Google Play store. If you are still having an issue delete the App and download the new version.

I can’t find my fish? – First check you’re in the correct bioregion. Then go through the improved Fish ID tool. If you still can’t find a fish, take a photo of it, release it and send the photo and some catch details to the Recfishwest Facebook Page and one of our Research team will get back to you with a fish ID.

 

Fishing Rules Now Only 1 Touch Away

Ever caught a fish and either:
a) Wanted to know what it was?
b) Wanted to know if you could eat it?
c) Wanted to know the size and bag limit?
d) Didn’t have mobile phone or internet range so you couldn’t look the rules up?

Recfishwest is in the final stages of testing and is aiming to release the final application in the coming weeks. This App for both Iphone and Android that answer all the questions above!

We’ve been working hard to deliver you the best, most up to date and easy to understand fishing rules and information to make your fishing experiences as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

Your App will work when you’re out of internet and mobile range. It will contain all of the current information contained within the Recreational Fishing Guide with so much more. Your App will also contain a Fish ID tool, helping you ID your catch in just 4 simple steps.

We’ll keep you updated on this latest development.