Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Of-Fish-Al Look at Stocks; Two Hervey Bay Boat Ramps Included in Fishing Survey

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Of-Fish-Al Look at Stocks; Two Hervey Bay Boat Ramps Included in Fishing Survey

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Byline: Matthew McInerney @newsregionalmedia.com.au

TWO Hervey Bay boat ramps will be among a state-wide recreational fishing survey.

River Heads Ramp and Urangan Boat Harbour will be two of 45 locations from Weipa to the Gold Coast at which monitoring staff will ask about experiences as well as the measurement of their catch.

More than 14,000 boat crews have been interviewed across the state with 75 per cent undertaking recreational fishing and with an average fishing trip lasting 4.7 hours.

Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said those 10 minutes would help add to the department's understanding of the industry and add to the recreational experience across the state.

"Each survey adds to our understanding of our fish stocks, the species being caught and the local fishing effort and will help us to improve the recreational fishing experience in our state," Mr Byrne said.

Surveys are conducted five times per month, on weekdays and weekends, resulting in more than 900 hours of monitoring each month. …

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