Fish catch rates haven't changed in nine years: report

ANNUAL catch rates in Gladstone haven't changed since 2006, according to the annual Gladfish report released on Wednesday.

Ther area is growing in popularity with recreational fishermen who continually say they're satisfied with their fishing experience.

The report is the culmination of three years' research by Infofish, working with Gladstone Sportfishing Club and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Local Marine Advisory Committee.

Infofish manager Bill Sawynok said the Gladfish reports helped understand long-term trends in recreational fishing using data, while promoting sustainable fishing practices.

"The information we've gathered over the past three years is going to be invaluable," Mr Sawynok said.

"The project leaves a legacy for the Gladstone community by providing a comprehensive snapshot in time of what recreational fishing in Gladstone really looks like.

"It gives local fishers vital information from which they can benchmark fish stocks to inform their decisions regarding the future sustainability of recreational fishing."

The project involved monitoring and assessing key species such as barramundi and bream, collecting and assessing catch, effort, fish health and recruitment information, tagging, and surveying fishers for their views.

You can read the report here.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • 94.4% of respondents said they were very satisfied or quite satisfied with the overall fishing quality in Gladstone in 2014, compared to 80.2% in 2012.
  • Minimal change in catch rates between 2006 and 2011
  • There has been a 25% increase in the number of boat licences and use at boat ramps in the past six years
  • Barramundi and mud crab are the most targeted species
  • Bream and mud crab are the most caught species


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