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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Statewide recreational fishing survey

We have undertaken a Statewide recreational fishing survey every two years since 2011.

The survey provides estimates of catches across WA and within each of its marine bioregions, and is a significant improvement on previous efforts to estimate recreational fishing catches.

We collect information from more than 3,000 recreational fishers who record their catches in log books over a 12-month period. We also interview fishers at key boat ramps throughout the State, and monitor the number of boat launches and retrievals using cameras at a number of these ramps. This innovative use of multiple data sources improves the accuracy of our catch estimates.

The survey is based on a thorough review of previous recreational fishing surveys conducted in WA and contributions from survey experts around Australia and New Zealand including Professor Ken Pollock, one of the world's foremost authorities in statistical analysis of fish and wildlife populations.

The results of the survey complement many other fish stock assessments we carry out, providing us with an even clearer picture of the health of our fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. This information is critical to help us to manage the State’s aquatic resources more effectively and ensure recreational fishing in WA remains some of the best in the world.

The results of the 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2015/16 surveys will help set the benchmark for future surveys. The fourth survey for the period from September 2017 to August 2018 is underway.

We will continue working closely with our research partners, Recfishwest, and Edith Cowan University, to improve our understanding of recreational fishing in each of the different regions of the State and ensure WA’s fisheries remain sustainable.

2017/18 survey

Full report

Key findings - Catch the facts about what's being caught in WA 2017/18

2015/16 survey

Full report

Key findings - Catch the facts about what's being caught in WA 2015/16

2013/14 survey

Full report

Key findings - Catch the facts about what's being caught in WA 2013/14

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