Survey of recreational fishing in NSW underway

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NSW DPI Fisheries has announced the fourth state-wide survey of recreational fishing in NSW is currently underway, running until the end of October 2019.

The first phase – the screening survey – involves trained interviewers making contact with randomly-selected current 1 and 3 year NSW recreational fishing licence holders. Fishers will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to determine whether they have been fishing recently and whether they intend to fish during 2019-20.

Fishers who indicate an intention to fish in the coming 12 months will be invited to participate in the primary data collection phase – the diary survey. This phase will collect information on who goes fishing, how often and for how long, where fishing occurs and what is caught. This simple information on recreational catch, effort and participation in NSW provides indicators to measure how the recreational fishery is performing.

The survey is conducted on a completely voluntary and confidential basis and is generously supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.

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