Author: Ryan Abbott
Good day fellow anglers and thank you for taking the time to visit this blog! You likely found your way here because you have an interest in recreational fishing and are considering becoming a tester for the Recreational ELog App. You are also likely aware of the growing importance of working as a community to ensure the sustainability of the fish stocks of Coastal British Columbia.
Growing up on Vancouver Island, I spent my summers fishing for salmon, lingcod, and whatever else I could convince to bite my line. It was during this time that I developed my passion for nature, which would eventually lead me into a career as a Fisheries Biologist. My experience as both an angler and a biologist has made me critically aware of the necessity for collecting accurate catch data in order to effectively manage the recreational fishery, and all fisheries in British Columbia. This need is summarized eloquently in an excerpt from the Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel:
“No fishery can be properly managed without knowing,
with more than a fair degree of accuracy, how many
fish are being caught. Sound fisheries management is
based on sound catch data.”
Charting our Course: Fisheries Monitoring in the Pacific Region
Due to the ecological and economic importance of fish stocks on the BC coast, fisheries managers are mandated to follow a precautionary approach to fisheries management. This means that the amount of fishing opportunities managers can provide for the public is limited by the amount and quality of the data available to guide the decision making process. By adopting the Recreational ELog App as a means of reporting catch data, the recreational community will ensure that fishing can continue sustainably for years to come.
We are committed to developing the Recreational ELog App into an effective and intuitive tool for reporting recreational catch data, which can then be used to help manage a sustainable fishery. By becoming one of our Recreational ELog testers, you will have the opportunity to shape how this tool looks and functions. We look forward hearing your comments and suggestions on how we can improve the App to make it the most effective tool possible!
For more information on the Recreational ELogo and how to become an App Tester, please see our webpage.
Cheers and happy fishing,