Igfa Catchlog; Improving Fisheries Data Exchange through Innovative Smartphone and Web Applications

Thursday, August 21, 2014: 2:10 PM
301B (Centre des congrès de Québec // Québec City Convention Centre)
Leah Baumwell , Conservation, International Game Fish Association, Dania Beach, FL
Andrew Loftus , Loftus Consulting, Annapolis, MD
Jason Schratwieser , International Game Fish Association, Dania Beach, FL
Obtaining quality estimates of marine recreational catch is difficult. In-person angler intercepts and telephone interviews, while providing core data, have proven problematic for obtaining all data required for intensive fisheries management. The IGFA CatchLog was designed with a focus on fisheries management applications and provides the ability to supplement existing data collection efforts through a structured approach. The IGFA CatchLog combines a mobile application, website, and survey system to collect angler data for scientific and management purposes while also providing anglers with useful tools for improving their fishing experiences. Additionally, a Visual Identification system, integrated in the application, helps anglers identify catches by matching iPhone photographs to known images, processed through real-time algorithms. Initial trials in the marine waters of Florida’s Everglades National Park have demonstrated that the IGFA CatchLog can be useful for collecting accurate fisheries catch data in a manner that also promotes angler use. The system was intentionally designed to allow expansion to other geographic areas and fisheries management applications. The ultimate goal of the IGFA CatchLog is to provide a system that is widely used, accurate, and trusted by managers and scientists to supplement current data collection efforts and foster sustainable management.