Fisheries Research Report No. 216
Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
1035 - 4549
Recreational fishing is a popular activity throughout Western Australia, including adjacent to the populous Perth Metropolitan area. Understanding the level of catch and effort associated with this activity is essential for the sustainable management of fish stocks. Whilst the focus of recent surveys in the Perth Metropolitan area has been on boat-based fishers targeting demersal species, shore-based fishing has not been measured for many years. Recent changes to management controls for these demersal species, including the implementation of a fishing boat licence, may increase existing pressures on nearshore stocks by displacing fishing effort onto these resources. Therefore, a need exists for the collection of information on the behaviour and catch of recreational shore-based fishers to support management measures.
Number of Pages
Recreational fishing; Recreational fishery statistics; Fishery surveys; Fishing effort; Catch and effort; Catch statistics; Fishery management; Perth metropolitan area - Western Australia; Western Australia
Smallwood, C B, Pollock, K H, Wise, B S, Hall, N G, and Gaughan, D J. (2011), Quantifying recreational fishing catch and effort: a pilot study of shore-based fishers in the Perth Metropolitan area. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Research Report No. 216.