Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey 2019/2020

Client: Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has commissioned the Social Research Centre (a subsidiary of the Australian National University) to conduct the 2019/20 Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey. The results of this important study will improve the Queensland government’s understanding of how many Queenslanders do and don’t fish and ensure Queensland’s fisheries are well managed into the future.

Initial contact stage

The SRC contacted more than 15,000 households across Queensland via landline and mobile numbers during February to April 2019. Households were invited to participate and asked if they:

  • fished recreationally in the last 12 months
  • intend to fish recreationally in the next 12 months

Diary stage

Households that intend to fish are invited to take part in the 12 month recreational fishing activity diary phase. Participating fishers can log into the Fishing Portal to log recent recreational fishing activity between 29 April 2019 to 28 April 2020. Fishers can record their recreational fishing activity shortly after they go fishing, either by logging the activity online via the Fishing Portal or receiving a phone call from one of our interviewers. For more information about the diary stage, visit https://srcentre.com.au/fishingsurvey/about

FAQs

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The Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey is being conducted for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

This will be the eighth survey in the series and will build on the previous one done in 2013/14. These surveys log the activities of recreational fishers over 12 months and generate estimates of recreational fishing participation rates, where and how people fish and what they catch and release. This new 2019/20 survey will also collect expenditure information which can be used to help understand the economics of recreational fishing.

The results of this important study will improve the Queensland government’s understanding of how many Queenslanders do and don’t fish and ensure Queensland’s fisheries are well managed into the future.

It is vital that our sample represents all sectors of the Queensland population to gather an accurate picture of how often Queensland residents go fishing. Results from the survey help the Department plan better services to support recreational fishing and better support Queensland’s fisheries into the future.

Your telephone number has been chosen at random from all possible telephone numbers in your area. We find that this is the best way to obtain a representative sample of all Queensland residents for our survey. Households with silent numbers are not in the White Pages but it is important that these people are included in the survey.

Your mobile number was randomly generated by computer or through a commercial list provider. We’re calling on mobile phones as well as landlines so we can get a representative sample of people across Queensland.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, although more questions will be asked to households who are likely to go fishing in the next 12 months.

We will be conducting the survey until April 2019 so arrangements can be made for you to participate at any time that is convenient for you.

The survey is entirely voluntary, but your participation is important if the Department is to get accurate estimates of recreational fishing for Queenslanders.

This research is carried out in compliance with the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles, and the information you have provided will only be used for research purposes. No other agency or department will have access to your details. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy and the Department's Privacy Policy for more information.

To confirm the bona fides of the Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey or to answer general queries, Queensland residents can call the Social Research Centre on 1800 800 996. The hours of operation are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday to speak to somebody. At other times, leave a message and someone will call back.

For general information on the Statewide Recreational Fishing Survey or to view previous studies, go to the Department’s website: www.qld.gov.au/fishingsurvey