Important milestone for Qld Fishing 2.0 app

Published Thursday, 13 July, 2023 at 07:33 AM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

  • There have now been over 100,000 downloads of Queensland’s number one recreational fishing app.
  • The app recently underwent a suite of updates to make it more user-friendly for fishers.
  • Recreational catch reporting will be among future upgrades.

The Qld Fishing 2.0 app, the number one recreational fishing app for all of Queensland, has now chalked up over 100,000 downloads since its release in October 2020.

The app is a one-stop shop for recreational fishers with a plethora of handy tools, including helping fishers to identify their catch, check the rules, and receive reminders about closures.

The app recently underwent a suite of improvements, including:

  • ‘Can I fish here’ updated so you can see when you are near or have reached a marine park zone 
  • Hyperlinks created from ‘Can I fish here’ to relevant ‘Know the rules’ sections 
  • Symbols added for pest fish and species with temporary restrictions
  • Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) locations updated
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) Estuarine Conservation Zones added and headings updated in ‘Know the rules’
  • Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) prices and Australia Post outlets updated 

We’ve been speaking with recreational fishers to gather feedback about the app and recreational catch reporting for Spanish mackerel and shark depredation.

Recreational catch reporting using apps is happening in other jurisdictions around the country and the world, and we’ve been collaborating with these jurisdictions to learn and share experiences about this work.

Extra development work to add catch reporting has begun, and we will keep you updated about this exciting project.

The reporting function will be available in the Qld Fishing 2.0 app by 1 July 2024.

Thank you to the recreational fishers who have provided feedback—we’re always looking for more.

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Don’t have the Qld Fishing 2.0 app? Download it for free from the Google Play or Apple app stores.   

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner:

“The Qld Fishing 2.0 app is a vital tool in every Queensland’s fisher’s arsenal.

“Not only does it allow recreational fishers to identify a multitude of different species of fish, but it also helps them to better understand and comply with fishing rules and regulations.

“The app promotes enhanced two-way communication between Fisheries Queensland and recreational fishers through push notifications that inform users of rule changes, app content changes, events and more, and a contact feature that allows fishers to easily make an enquiry or report.

“It’s all about promoting education and communication while protecting Queensland’s valuable fisheries resources for future generations to enjoy.”


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