Keen angler program
The Keen Angler Program collects fish skeletons (frames) from recreational fishers to monitor the status of fish stocks. Fisheries Queensland uses the biological information from these fish frames (and other information provided by recreational and commercial fishers) to assess fish stock health and help evaluate the effectiveness of fisheries management arrangements.
The Keen Angler Program relies on volunteers. You do not need to be an experienced fisher or fish regularly – you just need to put your frames in labelled bags (provided by us in a sampling kit), store them in your freezer for a short time, and deliver them to a drop-off location (see the list below) or contact us to organise collection.
The fish frames you provide are processed in our laboratory – we measure the frames, determine the sex and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to estimate age.
Find out more about our monitoring programs.
Donate your fish frames
We’re after frames of the following fish caught in coastal waters from Rockhampton to the Gold Coast.
Rocky reef fish
Coral reef fish
- Red emperor
- Saddletail snapper (Largemouth nannygai)
- Crimson snapper (smallmouth nannygai)
- Spangled emperor
Inshore fin fish
Drop off your bagged and labelled fish frames at any of these participating businesses (during normal business hours).
|Town||Business name||Business address||Phone|
|Bundaberg||Tackle World Bundaberg||
22 Quay Street|
Bundaberg, Qld 4670
|(07) 4153 4747|
|Tin Can Bay||Cooloola Coast Seafoods||
69 Gympie Road|
Tin Can Bay, Qld 4580
|(07) 5486 4990|
|Rainbow Beach||Gardiner Fisheries||
1 Karoonda Road|
Rainbow Beach, Qld 4581
|0404 853 232|
|Hervey Bay||Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay||
59 Torquay Road Pialba, |
Hervey Bay, Qld 4655
|(07) 4128 1022|
|Sandgate||Tackle Land Sandgate||
78 Rainbow Street,|
Sandgate, Qld 4017
|(07) 3269 5060|
|Coomera||Coomera Houseboat Holidays||
84 Shipper Drive,|
Coomera Qld 4209
|(07) 5502 6200|
- Email FisheriesMonitoring@daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23