Research pair visit Mossman
IF you want to know about the state of certain fish stocks and fisheries, ask local fishermen.
That’s what two University of Qld researchers have done.
Ruth Thurstan and Sarah Buckley have spoken to around 100 fishers in the Cairns region in their quest to build up long-term data.
“Without a long-term perspective we don’t know how abundant our fisheries used to be, and this ultimately affects how we manage these species today,” the researchers say.
They have two species in mind: “We chose Spanish mackerel and coral trout because they are iconic for recreational and commercial Queensland fishers, and both fisheries have a long history.
“By interviewing fishers about their personal observations of change, which could span a period of 50 years or more, we hope to present a long-term view of these fisheries, and provide novel information for managers, recreational and commercial fishers, and the wider public.”
Both researchers are coming to the Mossman Bowls Club on Tuesday, November 10, 7-7:30pm,at the invitation of the Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC).
Sadly, their research so far indicates bad news. “Some of the people we spoke to have been fishing for many decades, and of those who have fished the longest, nearly all observed declines in the abundance of Spanish mackerel and coral trout,” the researchers say.
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