Sport

15% of Queenslanders fish on a regular basis

The state's largest recreational fishing survey has revealed around 642,000 Queenslanders wet a line, go crabbing or prawning.
The state's largest recreational fishing survey has revealed around 642,000 Queenslanders wet a line, go crabbing or prawning. Nicholas Falconer

THE state's largest recreational fishing survey has revealed around 642,000 Queenslanders wet a line, go crabbing or prawning. 

This figure represents 15 per cent of the Queensland population aged five years or older.

Fisheries Queensland Manager Dr Ross Quinn said the statewide recreational fishing survey showed fishing remained an enormously popular recreational activity in Queensland.

"This is a great result for the recreational fishing sector given people have so many choices now as to how they spend their time," Dr Quinn said.

"Results showed that over the survey period, recreational fishers caught approximately 12 million fish.

"The most commonly caught fish is the Yellowfin bream with an estimated 1.2 million caught, sand whiting at 1.1 million and 679,000 trumpeter whiting.

"These results will benefit stock and sustainability assessments and the recreational fishing sector."

More than 15,000 randomly selected Queensland households were contacted and asked whether they intended to fish in the 12 months from November 2013 to October 2014.

More than 90 per cent of the households that intended to fish, volunteered to take part in a 12 month phone diary survey.

Dr Quinn said the aim of the Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey 2013-14 is to provide reliable catch and effort estimates for fish species commonly caught by Queensland's recreational fishers.

"This information will be combined with commercial, charter and scientific research data to demonstrate that our fishers are sustainably managed," he said.

"The high cooperation rate is very positive, showing the willingness of recreational fishers to get involved in monitoring programs."

Key findings:

• About 15 per cent of Queenslanders, 5 years or older, are recreational fishers, which represents 642,000.
• Queenslanders fished for approximately 2.5 million days in the state, between November 2013 and October 2014
• Almost all recreational fishers preferred to throw in a line and nearly half chose to fish from the shore.
• Approximately 49 per cent of fishing households owned a boat and most of these were 4-5 m powerboats.
• Yellowfin bream was the most commonly caught fin fish in Queensland with an estimated 1.2 million caught. Australian bass was the most popular freshwater fish caught while Coral trout was the most popular tropical fish.
• Mud crabs were the most commonly caught non-fish species, with approximately 1.7 million caught.
• A common reason for releasing fish was because they were considered too small or below the legal size limit. A very high proportion of barramundi were released (76% or 132,000 fish) however very few mullet were released (11% or 27,000 fish).
 

Topics:  fishing fraser coast outdoor-living queensland recreation



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Man convicted of street stabbing, back in Bay court

The man pleaded guilty to new charges.

Tattooing impletements, drugs found in Maryborough prison

Maryborough Correctional Centre.

"Charges against a number of prisoners could be laid as a result."

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

Local Partners

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Sports gods answer your summer prayers with this line-up

The Brisbane Roar are on track for an entertaining season.

SO MUCH live action is happening in Brisbane this summer!

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

First home buyers the "lifeblood” of Fraser Coast market

CoreLogic property statistics reveal the region's median house price of $300,000 did not change in the September quarter.

Median house price of $300,000 remains steady in September quarter

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!