During the 2012 fishing season the LZCRI designed and tested tools for recording fishing activity and logging the details of fish caught and released during trips on the Zambezi River. These included simple and hi-tech options. Pen and paper remains a simple, affordable and reliable option that is very quick to implement. We designed fishing logbooks containing forms that were quick and easy to use and required minimal time or writing to record as much information as possible. The logbooks were used successfully throughout the 2012 season by a number of lodges For  many fishing guides this was the first they were introduced to the concept of keeping a record of the fish that they catch (and release).

With the current global growth in the use of mobile handheld devices, we also set out to develop ways to use GPS enabled devices to record more detailed, geo-referenced information about recreational fishing activities. Using the innovative and freely available Cybertracker data collection software we designed a data collection routine to run on GPS capable PDAs. We called our routine TigerTracker and used it to log fishing activity from Wildtracks. Read more about how mobile devices can be used to assist conservation and see examples of how the information collected can be used to examine the duration, location of fishing effort, identify activity hotspots, look at the species composition of catches and assess the potential impacts of catch and release angling across the entire catch or for particular species of interest:

REPORT – TigerTracker

The TigerTracker routine was developed using Cybertracker software. Find out more about how it works here.

This work was funded by a grant from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation.

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