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Taken from Qld Fisheries CatchNews email newsletter  28-8-2017

Queensland’s net free zones are providing positive recreational fishing experiences in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton according to a new report.

The report, Recreational fishers’ satisfaction and expectations of Queensland’s net free zones, found recreational fishers overall reported increased satisfaction with their fishing experiences in the net free zones since their introduction in November 2015.

The report also showed that people who fished recreationally more than two days per month had the greatest increase in satisfaction, and on average their satisfaction increased more than 25 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

The net free fishing zones were introduced to increase recreational fishing opportunities in regional Queensland and support tourism and economic growth.

Another new Fisheries Queensland report, Monitoring Queensland’s boat-based recreational fishing, provides details of the species, number and size of fish caught throughout the state, including in the net free zones.

From November 2015 to October 2016, more than 8000 boat crews were interviewed at boat ramps throughout Queensland and more than 4500 fish were measured from 34 species.

Pikey bream, barred javelin, sand whiting, common coral trout and yellowfin bream were the most commonly measured species throughout Queensland.

A variety of species proved popular amongst recreational fishers at boat ramps providing access to the net free zones, with barred javelin the most commonly kept species in Cairns, pikey bream in Mackay and school mackerel in Rockhampton.

To download the reports or learn more about the net free fishing zones, visit
www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

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