Finally, a fish identification App designed especially for the South African marine angler, diver and fish enthusiast. How many times have you seen a fish and wished you knew what it was? Or wished that you could simply measure your fish and know instantly what it weighed? Or that you could work out which species of kob you had landed? Many years ago, Rudy van der Elst produced the popular ‘A Guide to the Common Sea Fishes of Southern Africa’, a book that became the ‘go to guide’ for anglers and fish lovers along the entire South African coast. But times have changed, and most people now have a cell phone in their pocket. Imagine if you could have brilliant photos, up to date information, distribution maps, current regulations, a way to compare similar species and a length-weight calculator for 249 of the most common fish species caught along the South African coast. Dr Bruce Mann of the Oceanographic Research Institute based at SAAMBR in Durban has produced the perfect App for you. A fish scientist and a fisherman with over 30 years of experience, Bruce is the right person to compile the App. Not only does he have an in-depth knowledge of the 249 species in the App, but he also understands the needs of anglers. Bruce has spent nearly two years working on the App – to make sure that the information is accurate, and that the App is easy to use. All proceeds from the sale of the App will go towards the ORI Cooperative Fish Tagging Project. This means that every App sold will be supporting a better understanding of our linefish.
Said Dr Mann ‘We made this App because of our passion for South Africa’s linefish. Collating all the information and photos for 249 species, and producing the App took longer than we ever imagined. We hope that anglers will enjoy using the App to learn more about the fish they catch. And we hope that the App will inspire everyone with an interest in fish to care a little more about our amazing linefish.’
The App is based on linefish research undertaken in South Africa over the last 50 years and includes the most recent information available. Each species profile was carefully researched and then written so that the information is accessible and easy to understand.
Dr Larry Oellermann, SAAMBR CEO expressed his delight at the production of the App. ‘This is something I’ve dreamed of for years; a way of figuring out what species I’ve caught, and all the information I need to know about it. Now I have fifty years of linefish research, at my fingertips.”
The App was produced by MyDigitalEarth http://www.mydigitalearth.com/ and is available for both iPhone and Android phones – just go to the App store on your phone and search for Marine Fish Guide of Southern Africa.
The App includes:
For more information: https://www.saambr.org.za/marine-fish-guide-for-southern-africa-app/