If you like catching Australian herring, you can help us with their stock recovery by donating your fish skeletons to research.
Several years ago, scientific monitoring revealed a combination of environmental factors and fishing pressure had reduced the herring stock, resulting in management changes to recover the fishery – including a reduction in the daily bag limit to 12 herring for recreational fishers.
To help us monitor how the recovery is going, our fisheries scientists would like you to donate your herring frames (filleted skeletons with head and guts intact) to our Send Us Your Skeletons program.
As well as herring, we monitor tailor and King George whiting, also popular with shore-based fishers in the West Coast and South Coast bioregions, so feel free to drop off skeletons of these species too.
By donating skeletons before 1 July 2017, you have the chance to win some great prizes, including a charter fishing trip for two to the Montebello Islands, courtesy of Monte Bello Island Safaris.