Statewide recreational fishing surveys

Understanding the catch and effort of recreational fishers is an important part of sustainably managing Queensland's fisheries. Queensland’s fisheries resources are shared among recreational fishers, commercial fishers, charter operators and people practicing traditional indigenous fishing. This statewide recreational fishing survey is part of the Fisheries Queensland monitoring program which collects recreational fishing information.

The statewide recreational fishing survey series commenced in 1997 and provides recreational fishing catch and effort information necessary to safeguard marine resources for tomorrow.

A new survey

A new statewide recreational fishing survey is planned for 2019/20. This will build on the previous 2013/14 survey and will be the eighth survey in the series.

The 2019/20 survey will collate the activities of a sample of recreational fishers over 12 months and provide aggregated statewide and regional information about:

  • recreational fishing participation rates and the number of Queenslanders who go fishing
  • where recreational fishers live
  • where and how Queenslanders go recreational fishing
  • which species and how many they catch and release
  • expenditure information to help us understand the economics of recreational fishing.

About the program

Research methods

The 2019/20 statewide recreational fishing survey is being conducted by the Social Research Centre, a subsidiary of the Australian National University. The Social Research Centre (SRC) is a respected research organisation with recreational fishing survey experience. More details about the SRC can be found at

Initial contact phase

The SRC will contact more than 15,000 households across Queensland via landline and mobile numbers from February to April 2019. Recipients will be invited to participate and asked if they:

  • fished recreationally in the last 12 months
  • intend to fish recreationally in the next 12 months.

Logbook phase

Households that intend to fish will be invited to take part in the 12 month recreational fishing activity logbook phase. The logbook phase requires participating fishers to record their fishing activity shortly after they go fishing, either by a phone call from our interviewers, or logging the activity via the online survey portal.

The survey has been refined over the years and it is easy to participate in. People who participated in previous surveys found it interesting and fulfilling to contribute to important research that helps to sustainably manage Queensland’s fisheries.

If the Social Research Centre calls you, please help out by answering their questions and if you are a fishing household, please sign up for the 12 month logbook phase. The Social Research Centre will call you from either 07 3557 2200 or 0488 826 358. You can contact them on 1800 800 996.

Previous key findings from the 2013/14 survey

  • A full report for the 2013/14 survey is available here.
  • Approximately 15% of Queenslanders 5 years or older were recreational fishers
  • This represents approximately 642,000 Queenslanders
  • Recreational fishing continues to be a very popular outdoor recreational activity, particularly in the north of Queensland
  • More details from the key findings

Further information