Volunteer-run community group Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association (MASA) has introduced a survey app to help fishing enthusiasts report their catch and secure more funding for crucial fish stocking programs at Lake Monduran.
Since 1997 MASA have helped bolster Lake Monduran's fishing stocks releasing over two million barramundi and Australian bass fingerlings.
To help the group record fish stock for Lake Monduran, they have partnered with Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking to customise the survey for their organisation to make reporting catches even easier.
MASA secretary Amy Warmington said the survey meant the group could gather valuable information about current fish stocks that would help them lobby the state for an increased fingerling allocation.
“With an increase in local tourist numbers and numerous reports of metre-plus barra being caught, we want to make sure that Lake Monduran remains adequately stocked for future anglers,” Mrs Warmington said.
“The best way to achieve this is to use technology to gather important information that we can use to justify an increase in our stocking allocation.
“If we can make it easy for people to report details of their catch by introducing this app, then hopefully the amount of valuable data we get will increase.
“As a stocking association, we have reporting requirements that are currently very manual. This app will allow for real-time reporting.”
Mrs Warmington said anyone interested in supporting MASA could purchase tickets for its Christmas raffle.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has meant we weren't able to hold our popular fishing classic, which is a vital fundraiser for our group,” she said.
“There are heaps of great prizes up for grabs, and the funds raised help us to purchase fish for restocking the dam.”
Tickets are $5 and available from MASA's major sponsor Tackle World Bundaberg.
The MASA survey is available on the Monduran Anglers and Stocking Association Facebook page by clicking on the Use App, and QR codes will be located at the boat ramps around Lake Monduran.
Visit MASA’s Facebook page here
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