Using the data
QFISH is used:
- to provide a comprehensive fisheries information system to meet the needs of managers, researchers and industry
- to ensure the data collected meets national standards in terms of validation and coding conventions as developed by the Statistical Working Group of the Australian Fisheries Managers Forum (AFMF)
- to aggregate data in summary.
Accurate information on species, catch and fishing effort distribution is required for the successful management of any fishery. Fisheries in Queensland experience many of the problems of fisheries throughout Australia and the world, such as sustainability, resource sharing and economic viability of the operators.
A comprehensive and continuous series of catch and effort data from commercial fishers logbooks provides the basis for:
- scientific stock analysis when used in conjunction with other biological data (e.g. recruitment studies or effects of closures)
- certain economic analysis
- descriptions of current fishing activity
- short and long-term trends in the spatial and temporal distributions of fishing activity
- responsible management and administration
In addition to the numerous requests for logbook information received from within Fisheries Queensland, a large number of data requests from industry, researchers and other agencies are also received.
To safeguard the integrity of data and protect the confidentiality of clients, a data request procedure is in place: all requests are forwarded through the assessment and monitoring unit's data coordinator, Ph: 07 3239 0166, email the fish data coordinator.
In most cases, data is provided at a resolution of 30 n mile or 6 n mile grids and will only include aggregated information for more than five boats. Catch information for several key species is provided on the Queensland Fishing (Qfish) website.