Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and Lodges launched a new fishing app, iGHOFISH, created to serve as the record keeper for the company’s new Fish for the Futurefishing tournament, along with tournament and special fishing events at its Guy Harvey Outpost destinations.
Using software developed by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, tournament catches will automatically populate the foundation’s database of more than 130 inshore and offshore species. The iGHOFISH app is free and will be available for iOS and Android phones Nov. 15.
Running through 2015, the Fish for the Future tournament is open to anglers anywhere in the world. It has divisions and awards for 20 game-fish species.
“With the iGHOFISH app we can now actually host a tournament with literally no limit on fishing boundaries and in the process populate the foundations’database with valuable catch data,” Guy Harvey Outpost president Mark Ellert said in a statement. “The iGHOFISH app is a perfect reflection of our Outpost brand focus on convergence of watersport recreation and marine science. It’s must-have gear in the tackle box of every Guy Harvey Outpost angler.”
Created initially by the Snook and Gamefish Foundation as a snook species data collection process, the Angler Action program has expanded dramatically with its intuitive, user-friendly format and ease of use.
“Our fishery database now includes over 30,000 catches,” Snook and Gamefish Foundation executive director Brett Fitzgerald said. “We’re excited to have Guy Harvey Outpost help us expand our reach with recreational anglers, especially those committed to data-driven fishery management practices and policies.”
“This tournament and our iGHOFISH app are a way of making citizen science just as much fun as fishing,” said Cliff Jensen, director of fishing programs for Guy Harvey Outpost. “Not all of us who love to fish have a Ph.D. like Guy Harvey, but with this iGHOFISH app every angler can make a difference by collecting data that helps put those Ph.D.’s to work. That sounds like fun, maybe not for the scientists, but certainly for the rest of us.”
There is no cost to enter the Fish for the Future fishing tournament.