An­glers re­port catches

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

MORE than 3600 recre­ational an­glers have signed up to take part in a 12-month di­ary sur­vey to pro­vide feed­back on catches and catch rates.

Thuringowa MP and Fish­eries Min­is­ter Craig Wal­lace said the statewide sur­vey would prov i d e d a t a a b o ut r e c - reational fish­ing which would help man­age fish stocks’ sus­tain­abil­ity.

More than 11,000 peo­ple were con­tacted dur­ing the first phase and 88 per c e n t w e r e h a p p y t o an­swer ques­tions re­lat­ing to boat own­er­ship and fish­ing. ‘‘ It’s a great show of hands as to how many peo­ple want to be part of shap­ing the fu­ture of our fish­eries,’’ Mr Wal­lace said.

Low-res­o­lu­tion t i melapse pho­tog­ra­phy will be set up at boat ramps in south-east Queens­land to mea­sure night-time ac­tiv­ity at boat ramps.

As of Oc­to­ber 2010, all of the par­tic­i­pants’ fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties were recorded by tele­phone in­ter­view­ers and this part will run un­til the end of Septem­ber 2011. A full re­port is due in mid 2012.

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