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    09040: Spatial distribution of recreational shore-based fishers in regional Western Australia

    Aerial surveying of shore-based recreational fishers is proving useful along WA’s vast coastline. Courtesy Department of Fisheries
    Aerial surveying of shore-based recreational fishers is proving useful along WA’s vast coastline. Courtesy Department of Fisheries

    Recreational fishing is an important pastime for more than 660 000 Western Australians. Understanding the level of recreational fishing catch and effort is critical to the sustainable management of the state's fish stocks.

    Catch levels of boat-based fishers are measured with creel surveys at boat ramps. Surveying recreational shore-based fishing is more challenging due to WA's vast coastline and variability in the time of day that people go fishing.

    With funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Fisheries is conducting surveys to determine the suitability of different techniques for measuring shore-based recreational fishing along the Perth metropolitan and regional coast.

    Pilot surveys conducted during the project will help determine the current status of near-shore fish communities in the metropolitan region and assist in the selection of methods to be used on regional coastlines.

    Investment: $ 470 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Fisheries
    Project duration: December 2009 - December 2012
    Location: Perth metropolitan region plus regional WA in either the Gascoyne or North Coast bioregions

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