Anglers report catches
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.