The Department of Fisheries’ (DoF) primary responsibility is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations. As part of this, DoF required an API for use by GovHack allowing for effective and efficient means to access to the data stored about shark movements allowing the Australian development community to innovate around shark safety and help inform the Australians who love to use our amazing coastline.

The Challenge

Department of Fisheries wished to get to help Western Australia developers get access to the SHARKSMART data – which was able to communicate information to the people of Western Australia in real time, to get information on sightings and tagged shark detections before the swimmers, surfers and divers hit the water.

The Solution

We understand that in today’s digital world, it is critical to any business to embrace mobile apps through mobile app development to improve their business service offering. Our mobile app developers work across iOS,Android, Windows, Web apps.

To solve Department of Fisheries' problem, Integranet created the api.fish.wa.gov.au website which allows developers (and specifically those developers who have registered for GovHack) access to the SharkSmart information currently used by swimmers, surfers and divers to check shark activity before they go to the beach, as well as being able to report shark sightings.

This API is extensively documeted, and provides fully worked examples of how to access the dataset provided, as well as expected results. This API has allowed the Department to add itself to the ever growing list of government organisations exposing their data via the OpenData Initiative.

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