New Zealand’s first free home-grown recreational fishing app, Fish4All, is now available in te reo Māori celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori language week 11-17 September.
Launched in 2014 by two Kiwi recreational fishers, Fish4All is a digital fishing tool allowing anglers to log catches against a wide range of species, keep trip records and share images.
It also enables users to contribute toward sustainable recreational fisheries. Every catch they log adds to build the critically needed information pool so fish stocks can be managed to ensure that everyone gets their fair share now and into the future.
“Making Fish4All available in te reo Māori is our contribution to this wonderful living language,” says Fish4All co-founder and keen angler Tony Craig.
“We are also acknowledging and celebrating the precious relationship Māori have with coastal seafoods as a valued taonga (treasure), which they endeavour to care for as kaitiaki (guardians).”
But Fish4All hasn’t stopped there, with the app also now available in New Zealand’s other top languages of Mandarin, Hindi and Tagalog (Filipino).
“We believe all New Zealanders, no matter where they come from, want to care for this precious shared resource”.
“And information is the key. Making Fish4All available in our top languages means everyone can play their part by providing valuable catch data. Even ‘no fish’ caught is very valuable information. No matter whether you fish on the water or from the shore it’s all important.”
Tony says translation process has been a community voluntary effort involving tapping into a web-base of global freelancers and generous support from New Zealanders keen to support their communities to fish responsibly.
“It’s been a real community effort and extremely rewarding learning how many people do care about sustainable recreational fisheries. So, we encourage people to download Fish4All, in Android and iPhone. Go the to the language section, choose your language and get set up to go!”
Fish4All has also established the Fish4All Charitable Trust to manage and protect the data that is generated by users, ensuring privacy is protected and data is available exclusively by and for recreational fishing interests.