Ascot: Swanfish to be catch and release event for first time in 30-year history

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SWANFISH will be a predominately catch and release event for the first time in its 30-year history and will also incorporate catch, click and release technology to collect data on local fish species.

The event is Perth’s biggest and longest running family fishing event and it will take place on the banks of Perth’s Swan River at Garvey Park, Ascot this weekend.

Recfishwest, who organises the popular event, has taken a new direction with the event so that it aligns with the conservation values of the fishing community.

Fishers will have the opportunity to become citizen scientists for the day with the use of the Swanfish smartphone app.

Participants who catch a fish will be able to take a photo of it and quickly release the fish back into the wild.

They can then log their catch into the app to provide data that will help shape our understanding of local fish species.

By logging their catch, fishers go into the draw to win some great prizes which have been provided by local businesses.

Recfishwest and Fishability will also be running community fishing clinics during Swanfish.

For more information, visit http://www.swanfish.com.au

Fisheries and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said it was a great community event where mums and dads could take their family down to the river and enjoy the health and wellbeing aspects of fishing.

“This year’s new format shows the commitment local fishers have to conserving and understanding our marine environments,” he said.

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