Study gets a line on fishing numbers

By Frances Adcock

Posted May 10, 2012 08:17:44

A new study has shown more than 700,000 Queenslanders are keen fishers, with Mackay in the state’s north having the highest participation rate.

Fisheries Queensland figures show 17 per cent of the state’s population fish.

Dr Steven Taylor says the Wide Bay region has the second highest rate of fishermen in Queensland.

He says the data will be used to gauge how sustainable the industry is.

“It’s very important we can continue to track the number of recreational fishermen through times,” he said.

“This is important for industry, the boat industry, the tinny and tackle industry.

“It’s also important for monitoring our fisheries on a sustainable basis.

“This information can be combined to ensure that there are enough fish for today or until tomorrow.”

Dr Taylor says numbers are lower than previous years but it is not something to worry about.

“Back in 2004 there was [a] study at James Cook University where they interviewed people to find out why they are dropping out,” he said.

“The main reason was lack of time and this is something that was happening throughout Australia as well in other areas – they are noticing a slight decline in fishing.

“People are just busy with work and don’t have time to have other activities.”

A final report will be complied next month.

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