Fishery monitoring

Monitoring our recreational fish species

Fisheries Queensland collects biological information from established fisheries for a range of species and fish stocks. Many of these fisheries have significant recreational sectors, so it is important to collect information from recreational catches to obtain a clear picture of the whole fishery for each species.

These monitoring programs aim to collect length and effort information representative of the retained catch. In some circumstances biological samples are collected to determine sex and age. Find out more details about each species.

Species Fishing effort Number kept and released Length Sex Age
Barramundi   √
Barred javelin  √  √  √    
Barred-cheek coral trout  √  √  √    
Black jewfish  √  √  √    
Blackspot cod  √  √  √    
Blackspot tuskfish  √    
Blue swimmer crab      
Blue threadfin  √   
Common coral trout  √    
Crimson snapper  √    √
Dusky flathead  √  √  √
Giant queenfish  √    
Golden snapper  √    
Goldenline whiting  √    
Goldspot cod  √    
Grass emperor  √   *
Grey mackerel  √    
King threadfin  √  √  √
Mangrove jack  √    
Mud crab      
Mulloway  √   *
Pearl perch  √  √  √
Pikey bream  √    
Red emperor  √  √  √
Red throat emperor  √    
Saddletail snapper  √  √ √
Sand whiting  √  √  √
School mackerel  √   *
Shark species      
Silver javelin  √    
Silver jewfish  √    
Snapper  √  √  √
Spanish mackerel  √  √  √
Spotted mackerel  √  √  √
Tailor  √  √ √ 
Tropical rock lobster      
Venus tuskfish  √    
Winter whiting      
Yellowfin bream  √  √  √

Table – Species from which data is currently collected from the recreational sector
* Samples collected for future programs

How is the information used?

The information collected from recreational fisheries is one of the data sources is considered during the regular assessments of stock and to evaluate fisheries management arrangements.

How the data are collected

The recreational fishing sector voluntarily participates in species-specific monitoring programs in a number of ways. For example:

  • Surveys of recreational fishers -        
    • Boat ramp survey program
    • Roving surveys at popular land-based fishing locations during peak fishing times and locations for particular species
  • Keen Angler Program - recreational fishers donate frames for fish caught south of Rockhampton.
  • Charter boat operators - measure fish caught and retained by their customers.

A Fisheries Queensland researcher removes otoliths (ear bones) from a recreationally caught Spanish mackerel. The otoliths will be examined in the laboratory to estimate the fish's age.

A Fisheries Queensland researcher removes otoliths (ear bones) from a recreationally caught Spanish mackerel. The otoliths will be examined in the laboratory to estimate the fish's age.

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