Tell us about your fishing
Recreational fishers assist the monitoring of our fisheries by allowing information to be collected from their catch. Catch rates and biological information such as length, sex and age are recorded.
Fisheries Queensland seeks the assistance of recreational fishers at popular boat access points and shore-based fishing locations. This contribution helps in monitoring key species from Queensland's coastal areas.
What information is collected?
The sampling programs collect catch rates and length information for key fish species. Where practical, samples may also be collected to determine sex and age of the fish. These samples are usually fish frames, from which otoliths (ear bones) are removed and the fish's age can be estimated. Gonads can also be examined to determine sex.
Along with recording details about the fish, it is important to collect information in relation to the catch, including released fish, fishing date, fishing method and general catch location. The information required for the catch location needs only to be recorded at a broad scale.
Fishers may like to become more involved in the sampling program by volunteering with the Keen Angler Program that works with fishers to return fish frames for some specific species caught south of Rockhampton. Measuring this dusky flathead will contribute to an understanding of fish being caught by recreational fishers.
How are the data used?
The information collected from recreational fisheries is one of the data sources considered during the regular assessments of stocks and to evaluate fisheries management arrangements.