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

Inshore fin fish

Other fish

Drop-off locations

Drop off your bagged and labelled fish frames at any of these participating businesses (during normal business hours).

Town Business name Business addressPhone
Bundaberg Salty's Tackle World 22 Quay Street
Bundaberg, 4670
(07) 4153 4747
Tin Can Bay Cooloola Coast Seafoods 69 Gympie Rd
Tin Can Bay, 4580
(07) 5486 4990
Rainbow BeachGardiner Fisheries1 Karoonda Rd
Rainbow Beach 
0404 853 232
TewantinHooked on Angling and Outdoors 27 Hilton Terrace 
Tewantin, 4565
(07) 5449 7541
Sandgate Tackleland Sandgate 78 Rainbow Street,
Sandgate, QLD, 4017
(07) 3269 5060
Coomera Coomera Houseboat Holidays 84 Shipper Drive Coomera (07) 5502 6200

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