Queensland shark survey
Survey of net fishers’ interactions with sharks: behavioural and economic drivers
During 2018, Queensland net fishery operators participated in a survey run by Fishery Monitoring to document net fisher’s interactions with sharks. This survey addressed a knowledge need identified by Fisheries Queensland to better understand the reasons influencing why net fishers keep or don’t keep sharks.
Fisheries Queensland staff conducted phone interviews with 121 commercial net fishers currently operating in Queensland waters (Gulf of Carpentaria and east coast) (figure 1). The survey concerned all species of shark and involved fishers spanning the breadth of net fishery operations
Figure 1: Infographic of survey participants
The survey collected information on the relative importance of behavioural and economic drivers influencing shark fishing practices within Queensland’s commercial net fisheries.
Snapshot of survey results
Figure 2: Infographic of key survey results. Numbers are percentages of fishers interviewed.
A key finding of the survey was that recent changes making the reporting of shark catch more difficult is a common reason why many fishers no longer land shark. Fisheries Queensland is taking notice of this and other results and is planning to review and simplify these catch reporting arrangements once the new Vessel Monitoring Program has been rolled out.
Want to find out more ?
A factsheet on the survey results or a copy of the full report can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or a copy of the report can be accessed here: http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/6437/