Project number: 2011-036
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $475,000.00
Principal Investigator: Shane Griffiths
Organisation: CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart
Project start/end date: 14 Jul 2011 - 29 Jun 2013


In many states and regions around Australia there is a lack of current and reliable recreational fisheries data (e.g. participation rates, catch) that can be used in decision-making processes. Since the stock boundaries of some recreationally-important species can span several State and Federal jurisdictions, reliable stock-specific data is needed. The results of the last national recreational fishing survey undertaken in 2000-2001 are now considered outdated in many respects, or are of limited use for rarely-caught species and some fisheries or regions due to issues of scale.

Since the national survey, various recreational fishing surveys have been undertaken by State fisheries agencies to address their own specific management issues. These surveys have generally been telephone-diary approaches based on the National survey methodology. Additionally, community-based recreational fishing data collection have been undertaken at regional levels by community and recreational fishing groups. However, there has been a lack of coordination between agencies to report at a national level. Therefore, there is a need to assess the feasibility of aggregating data from these surveys to provide reliable up-to-date information at regional and national levels.


1. Provide an understanding of the current state of knowledge, and identify information gaps, across the recreational fishing sector at a national scale
2. Explore approaches to filling key information gaps and begin development of system(s) and protocols that will allow data to be stored, aggregated and analysed to answer questions related to recreational fishing in a timely and responsive way
3. Assess the feasibility of aggregating available recreational fishing datasets to provide reliable regional and national information on catch, effort, participation, and social and economic aspects in the recreational fishing sector

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