Biological data collection - commercial catch

Monitoring our commercial fish species

trays of freshly-caught barramundi

This commercial catch of barramundi provides vital information for the species monitoring program.

Fisheries Queensland collects biological information from established fisheries for a range of priority species. Most of these fisheries have significant commercial sectors, so it is important to collect information from commercial catches to obtain a clear picture of the whole fishery for each species. In general, these monitoring programs aim to collect representative length, sex and age information.

Fish species currently monitored with assistance from the commercial fishing sector:

How is the information used?

The biological information collected from commercial fisheries is combined with similar information from recreational fisheries, as well as other available information, including catch and effort of the commercial and recreational fisheries. This information contributes to regular assessments of the status of fish stocks which help evaluate fisheries management arrangements.

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