Queensland fishers hooked on informative new app
Important information and helpful advice now available with updated technology.
Queensland fishers can now get help identifying their catch with a new free app.
The Qld Fishing 2.0 app replaces the Qld Fishing app with updated features which make it an even more valuable resource for recreational fishers.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the new technology was all about protecting Queensland’s valuable fisheries resources for future generations to enjoy.
“Qld Fishing 2.0 … aims to assist recreational fishers to better understand and comply with fishing rules and regulations,” Mr Furner said.
“There is a lot of excitement about the new artificial intelligence technology the app uses.
“It can currently identify 20 common fish species with a high level of accuracy.
“The fish recognition technology and number of species it can identify will continuously improve with additional data and future releases.
“Users can do their part for citizen science by submitting their fish photos to help train the app’s fish recognition tool.”
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The app will allow users to:
- Submit a photo and identify their catch through cutting-edge fish recognition technology.
- Learn more about their catch such as approximate age based on the fish size entered in the app.
- Understand the fishing rules in any location with the “Can I Fish Here” feature.
- Receive Fisheries Queensland notifications including reminders about upcoming fishing closures.
- Buy a permit to fish in Queensland’s 63 stocked dams and weirs.
- Contact Fisheries Queensland to submit information or make an enquiry or complaint.
Mr Furner said the new app could be used in remote locations or in areas with limited mobile signal reception.
“The app uses cached species data and simplified mapping information as part of its offline functionality and has artificial intelligence to identify a limited number of common fish species,” he said.
“Photos of fish are only used to help train the app’s artificial intelligence. I want to reassure people that the new recreational fishing app does not collect or store personal information about the user or where they are fishing.”
Mr Furner said the original Qld Fishing app, which was downloaded more than 40,000 times, would no longer be available for download.
The new recreational fishing app can be downloaded for free by searching for “Qld Fishing 2.0” in the App Store and Google Play.