Commercial fishers logbooks
Commercial fishers operating in Queensland's state-managed fisheries are required to complete daily catch and effort logbooks. These logbooks detail where, when and how fishing took place, and what was caught. The Commercial Fisheries Information System (CFISH) is a database designed to store the fishing information from all licensed operators dating back to 1988 when the logbook system was introduced. Summaries of this catch and effort information are available on the Queensland Fishing (Qfish) website.
By monitoring the information collected through the logbook program, CFISH helps Fisheries Queensland assess the condition of Queensland's fisheries resources. This information is also valuable in developing fisheries management plans and helping determine the effectiveness of measures already in place.