From February 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024, it is planned to conduct an experiment in Russia on the digital transformation of services for amateur fishermen, organizers of amateur fishing and fish farms. The Ministry of Agriculture prepared a draft government decree in this regard.
For hobby anglers, this will be expressed in the launch and testing of the Cool.Guide mobile app. Rosrybolovstvo “RG” explained that in the application it will be possible to see the available fishing spots on the map, receive information about the legality of the use of different types of fishing gear and methods, about the current prohibitions and restrictions on sport and recreational fishing. , and issue fishing permits. In addition, fishermen will be able to report poaching directly to the fish protection service in the app.
The mobile app is now available for download on both Google Play and the App Store. But while its functionality is incomplete. Now such information is accumulated for five regions, the most active in terms of amateur fishing: Astrakhan, Smolensk, Sakhalin, Leningrad and St. Petersburg regions. Little by little regions will be added and functionality will be expanded. In addition to the fishing rules, information about paid amateur fishing places, places for launching boats, a depth map, information about recreation centers with the function of reserving places will appear in the application. There, anglers will be able to save their favorite fishing spots and communicate with each other.
The idea itself is great. There is no such convenient and reliable mobile application for anglers yet. The whole question is how this idea will be implemented, says Boris Mazaletsky, acting chairman of the Board of the Union of Fishermen of Moscow and the Moscow Region. “If an interactive map contains all prohibited places, including temporarily prohibited ones, and reliably displays them (first of all, the same wintering pits and spawning grounds), then, of course, it will be useful, especially for those who They’re in the pond for the first time,” he thinks. If the map is not entirely reliable, then it is better to focus on the old-fashioned text, and not on it. If something happens, you will have to respond according to the rules of the role.
And how they are?
map of seven thousand lakes
One of the most common fishing apps in France is GEOPECHE. The resource offers amateur anglers a detailed interactive map, providing information on 68,000 water arteries, from streams to mighty rivers, as well as nearly 7,000 lakes and ponds where fishing is permitted. In each case, the fishing conditions and fish species are explained, and the permitted and prohibited areas are indicated.
The Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego presented in 2019 a state application for lovers of fishing. The application allows the user to receive information interactively, providing access to maps of fishing spots, access and access to them, photos of rivers and lakes. It also offers a catalog of all the types of salmon that live in the reservoirs of the region. There is a section with background on fishing rules, permit sales points, contact numbers for environmental departments.
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How will everything be in practice?
Now most of the sites for anglers are forums. But the information there is very scattered and, in fact, outdated, due to the lack of a clear structure, it is quite difficult to find an answer to a specific question, – Vladislav Lyapshis, director of the Kaliningrad Pregel fishing club, told RG. Because of this, the owners of fishing shops even began to issue paper notes, which indicate the places allowed for fishing, quotes from the laws. If the developers of the new app can combine the existing information, systemize it and update it in real time, the program will be popular, Lyapshis said.
Sergey Dudkin, Deputy Director of the Center for Aquatic Bioresources of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Branch of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, believes that the MDG electronic service for citizens will be just as in demand and useful in the same way as Yandex. .Maps Services and Public Services. “The service itself will not and cannot lead to stricter fishing rules,” he believes, “but it may well help prevent unintentional recreational fishing violations.”
Alexander Ershov, manager of the Big Fish Association, Semikarakorsk, Rostov region, noted that such a site would help to unite all lovers of fishing: the quotas that are set for the catch in a given season are also important.”
But representatives of the aquaculture industry questioned the need for the service. For example, Roman Vityazev, Chairman of the Union of Mariculture Enterprises of the Far East (Vladivostok), notes that the Internet service Aquavostok (aquavostok.ru) is already working in this area and, in his opinion, this resource should be expanded in instead of created a new information system similar in functionality.
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