- Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries
- Publication details:
- Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation, Brisbane, Australia
- August 2009
- Bibliographic details:
- 4 pages
The department collects biological information from the commercial and recreational catch. Spanish mackerel from the region between Cairns and the New South Wales border have been monitored since 1998. In 2007, the sampling program was expanded to include an area of the Gulf of Carpentaria, between Weipa and the Northern Territory border. The information collected by the program helps assess the status of Spanish mackerel stocks in Queensland waters.
The department collects data from commercial catches at fish wholesalers and retailers, onboard vessels or from samples kept by fishers. Data are also obtained directly from commercial fishers who measure the fish they catch. Recreational catches are sampled at fishing tournaments, during boat ramp surveys, and onboard charter boats. Important data are also obtained from fish frames donated by recreational fishers.
Data is presented on length frequency and age at length.
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