Monitoring our tailor

A catch of tailor

Information on the age, length and sex of tailor is collected from recreational and commercial fishers

The assistance of recreational and commercial fishers is vital to monitoring biological aspects of Queensland's tailor stocks.

Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) is a very important species for recreational (including charter) and commercial fishers in southern Queensland. The species is a major component of the ocean beach fishery, but is also caught in bays, estuaries, and near-shore coastal waters mainly south of Bundaberg.

In 1999, a routine monitoring program was initiated to collect biological information for a range of recreational and commercial fish species, including tailor. The monitoring program for tailor collects information about the length, sex and age of tailor being caught and retained by recreational (including charter) and commercial fishers.

An angler reels in a tailor

Tailor fishers can help the monitoring program for this species by allowing their fish to be measured and by donating fish frames

How are the data used?

Information collected from recreational and commercial fishers contributes to thorough, quantitative assessments of the status of tailor stock and the evaluation of fisheries management arrangements.

How are they monitored?

The monitoring program for tailor relies on community involvement, through the voluntary participation of people involved in the recreational (including charter) and commercial fishing industries. Sampling is carried out in southern Queensland throughout the year, although most information on tailor is collected during winter and spring due to the seasonality of the species.

Surveys focusing on tailor are carried out at popular fishing locations along the northern Gold Coast shoreline during June, July and August and on Fraser Island during August, September and October each year.

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Further information

Last updated 03 October 2012