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For the first time in Shark Bay, a drone and aircraft as well as boat ramp cameras will be used to monitor recreational fishing activity.

Thursday 5 April 2018

Recreational fishing survey underway in Shark Bay

​An innovative 12-month survey of recreational fishing activity in Shark Bay is now underway to help ensure the ongoing sustainability of key fish stocks in the World Heritage listed area.

Shark Bay’s inner gulfs are popular fishing destinations, well known for pink snapper, which attract many thousands of tourists each year.

Researchers will be on the ground interviewing recreational fishers about their catches at boat ramps at Monkey Mia, Denham and Nanga.

 'Eyes in the sky' will provide additional data when, for the first time in Shark Bay, a drone and fixed wing aircraft as well as boat ramp cameras will be used in combination to monitor recreational boating activity.

With the fishery in a remote location, a range of survey methods are being used to collect data efficiently and effectively.

Information from the survey will be used to estimate levels of recreational fishing activity and numbers of fish caught, to help assess the status of local fish stocks and the effect of changes to management of pink snapper in the Freycinet Estuary.

Recreational fishers have played an important role for many years in providing information to help assess the Shark Bay fishery and guide sustainable management strategies in this World Heritage area.

With community support and participation in the survey, we can protect this valuable fishery and support the future of recreational fishing-based tourism at Shark Bay, which makes a significant contribution to the regional economy.

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