In the past information has been hard to find on the abundant fisheries in the Outer Hebrides. FishHebrides now addresses these issues for both local and visiting anglers offering far greater choice than ever before. For example, anglers can now obtain details of rod availability, catches, etc online or over the telephone. It also enables anglers to have access to local suppliers for ancillary services (hotels, tackle shops, fishing instruction, car hire etc).
Fishery proprietors/managers and angling clubs (subscribers) have access to a very sophisticated internet database updated either online or by telephone. Telephone enquiries arising from interest in fishery subscribers information are handled by a call centre and subscribers have access to a computerised telephone catch reporting system, help desk and office back up. National marketing is performed by FishPal while local marketing is the responsibility of the franchisee, FishHebrides. Subscribers also benefit from training provided to Boatmen and staff.
Local service providers should benefit from increased numbers of visiting anglers by providing them with goods and services bringing more revenue to their businesses thus increasing their sustainability. FishHebrides increases awareness to the Hebrides brand and allows it to reach a world-wide audience. It makes the Outer Hebrides angling scene far more accessible and will in turn hopefully increase angling tourism to the benefit of the community at large.
All these benefits taken together are of great economic benefit to the Outer Hebrides region as it seeks to increase the sustainability of local businesses. Angling in the Outer Hebrides generates some £5.6m annually for the local economy and accounts for over 260 jobs.
Weekly reports and prospects
The franchise manager, Donnie Maciver, provides weekly reports and prospects for this website. He can be contacted on 01851 703434, on his mobile 0771 7344246 or by email at email@example.com
. Please keep him up to date with what is going on where you fish!