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Comprehensive recreational fishing survey now includes an online survey component to obtain more details about our fish stocks.
Tuesday 4 September 2018

Comprehensive recreational fishing survey adds new online stage

​A new survey technique is underway to help compare data collection methods on what’s being caught by recreational fishers in Western Australia. 

The new online survey is the most detailed undertaken to obtain up-to-date recreational fishing information with the results building on our bi-annual surveys, which we have been conducting since 2011, enabling catch estimates to be compared over time.

The survey information is vital for sustainable management of the State’s fisheries and will help improve understanding of local fishing habits, preferred catches and the status of fish stocks across the State.

Randomly selected Recreational Boat Fishing Licence holders will be sent an email with a link to the survey.

Participation in the surveys is voluntary and confidential and will be managed by a collaborative team, based at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Previous surveys of boat-based fishing have found the most commonly caught species overall was the blue swimmer crab, with western rock lobster next. The most commonly caught finfish across WA was school whiting, followed by pink snapper.

The comprehensive survey, which is expected to conclude around mid-December, is a joint project between this department, ECU and Recfishwest.

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