Make Your Rod Count in the National Recreational Fishing Survey

Australian recreational fishers are being encouraged to participate in a national survey of recreational fishing – the first of its kind since 2000-01.

The survey opened in late 2019, and is measuring the value of recreational fishing, including the social and economic values, in Australia.

Recreational fishers of all ages, genders, social backgrounds and fishing activity levels are urged to participate. Whether you go fishing daily, once a month or once every two years, you can make your rod count.

If you don’t use a rod and line, and use other methods such as diving, spearfishing, potting or raking, the researchers also want to hear from you! Likewise if you target species other than fish such as yabbies, crabs,crabs, shellfish and lobster.

Visit the National Recreational Fishing Survey website to complete the survey.

The survey closes on 22 May 2020.

Everyone who participates between 29 February and 22 May 2020 can enter the draw to win weekly, monthly and a grand prize. 

As Victoria’s recreational fishing peak body, VRFish, will work directly and through its affiliated clubs and associations to encourage fishers of all abilities and activity levels to complete the survey

Given the 20-year gap between national surveys, VRFish is keen to see this survey succeed as a basis for regularly repeated studies that can track the performance and development of recreational fishing in Victoria.

Read more about the survey here on our Have Your Say webpage.

Funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), the National Social and Economic Survey of Recreational Fishing is designed to collect information on fishers’ participation, demographics, expenditure, awareness and attitudes.  

Coordinated by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and the University of Canberra, this survey trials new methods which, if successful, will lead to national surveys being repeated at, perhaps, two-year intervals.

Visit the National Recreational Fishing Survey website for more information and to complete the survey.

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