Inland Fisheries Ireland ‘hooks’ Esri Ireland’s Community Engagement Award

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Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, development and promotion of freshwater fish, habitats and sea angling has been awarded Esri Ireland’s Community Engagement award for the work that was done as part of the IMREC (Irish Marine Recreational Angling Survey) project.

Esri Ireland, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), held their 2022 Customer Success Awards ceremony in the Marker Hotel on 9th March last. The Community Engagement Award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in communicating and collaborating with citizens & external communities of interest, promoting more informed decision-making and supporting community engagement on important initiatives.

Inland Fisheries Ireland win an award IMREC project Esri Ireland
Inland Fisheries Ireland team with their award L-R (Pat Mannix, Claire Colfer, Eoin Leonard, William Roche and Diarmuid Ryan)

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s angler diary web app, developed using ArcGIS Survey123 technology from Esri, turns sea anglers into citizen scientists by enabling them to gather and upload real-time information, from any device, about their catches.  This information is then automatically transferred to a shared repository, called ArcGIS Hub. This technology allows Inland Fisheries Ireland to provide a community engagement platform that organises people, data, and tools through information-driven initiatives.

Importantly, the free IMREC web app provides the angler with a unique personal electronic diary of their fishing activity which is visible only to them. The information acknowledges anglers as important fisheries stakeholders and will be used to support management and conservation decisions at national and EU level.

For more information on IMREC and to sign up to the angler diary, please go to: www.fisheriesireland.ie/what-we-do/research/marine-recreational-fishery-in-ireland-mrec