Publication Date

9-2013

Series Number

Fisheries Research Report No. 243

Publisher

Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries

ISBN

978-1-921845-59-8

ISSN

1035 - 4549

Abstract

Aerial surveys are a useful tool for obtaining data on the spatial distribution of recreational fishing and estimating fishing effort. Following the successful application of this method in the Perth Metropolitan area, aerial surveys were conducted around Carnarvon and Shark Bay from June to August 2012. Recreational shore-based fishers were identified by fishing method (i.e., line fishing, ballooning, netting and spearfishing) and their location geo-referenced. Additional information on non-fishers, camps, boat trailers, vehicles and boats anchored or on the beach was also recorded. A combination of systematic random and stratified random sampling was employed, providing good estimates of fishing effort when conducting 6 and 9 surveys per month in Shark Bay and Carnarvon, respectively.

Number of Pages

44

Keywords

Gascoyne Coast Bioregion - Western Australia; Aerial surveys; Fishery surveys; Recreational fishing; Fishing effort; Geographical distribution; Carnarvon - Western Australia; Shark Bay - Western Australia

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