How boat ramp survey data contributes to assessment and management.

How boat ramp surveys help our fisheries

If you’ve recreationally fished at one of the 50 boat ramps across Queensland that Fisheries Queensland monitor as part of the Boat Ramp Survey Program, you may have come across one of our interviewers asking you to spare a few minutes to answer some questions about your fishing trip.

The Boat Ramp Survey Program is a voluntary program giving recreational fishers the opportunity to help with the stewardship of Queensland’s fisheries. More than 90% of recreational fishers take up this opportunity and provide interviewers with basic fishing information about their trip.

That information provides insight into patterns in boat-based recreational fishing and is primarily used to improve the sustainability of fish stocks. For example, the survey monitors changes in recreational boat-based fishing effort, what’s caught and the size of those fish. But don’t worry, your personal information is not recorded, and you’re not asked to give away those secret fishing spots!

Although the interviews seem simple, there’s quite a bit of science behind them. Surveys are performed on randomly allocated days across a range of boat ramps. This allows the data to better reflect rates and patterns in recreational fishing.

When we measure the fish, you may see us measuring to the ‘fork in the tail’ rather than the tip. Fork length gives a more reliable standardised scientific length measurement.

If you see our friendly interviewers at your ramp, give something back to the fishery and volunteer a few minutes of your time to contribute with your information. It’s your opportunity to help look after your fishery.

Boat Ramp Survey Workers Required for Weipa and Kurumba

Do you like talking to people? Do you have good knowledge of local fish species and keen to find a bit of ongoing casual work?

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are looking for people to undertake work as part of the Fishery Monitoring team.

What’s Required:

  • current driver’s license and own vehicle
  • reliable and people friendly
  • able to use a smart device to capture data
  • 18 years+ (Covid Vaccination no longer required)
  • only 5 shifts a month

All training and equipment supplied.

Pay rates: M-F $35.04 | Sat $42.16 | Sun $63.52
**Shifts are either: 0900 to 1300 or 1200 – 1600**

If this sounds like a great way to send a few hours each week, then please contact Simone at IPA in Cairns.

No resume required,  if you are interested in applying submit your expression of interest or contact 07 4044 2666


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