Research on fish and recreational fishing

Project

Organisation

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Monitoring Murray cod populations in the Dumaresq River, northern NSW – Small Grant

Undertake two tag-and-recapture events in the Dumaresq River; one each in March-April 2017 and 2018. Additional data will strengthen estimates of population size and structure of Murray cod populations across the region.

Office of Environment & Heritage 

FW
$10,000

 

Assessing the interactions of threatened frog species and trout in the Central Tablelands of NSW – Small Grant

To evaluate the distribution of threatened frogs in the Turon River catchment relative to available habitat and troutstocking, including the relative abundance of threatened frogs in areas where fish stocking occurs versus non-stocked areas.

Glenlyon Dam Fish Restocking Group  Inc

 

FW
$10,000

 

Rock fishing safety monitoring camera

Provide a camera system for the monitoring of anglers and their safety equipment use on rock platforms, and determining the characteristics of dangerous rogue waves on the platforms.

UNSW Australia Water Research Laboratory (WRL) 

SW $45,000

 

Monitoring and Research on Landed Fish at Game Fishing Tournaments in NSW: 2016/2017 & 2017/2018

The project facilitates and conducts monitoring, sampling and biological research on billfish, tuna, sharks and other gamefish captured and weighed at major game fishing tournaments in NSW.

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd 

SW $29,500

 

Integrated Angler Monitoring Program: Comprehensive ongoing assessment of recreational fishing in NSW to get better angler catch information quicker and more reliably

Currently recreational surveys and assessments have been carried periodically providing snapshots of patterns of recreational catch and effort (e.g. 12 years between statewide surveys). This proposal outlines an alternative to the current piecemeal approach by integrating a regular assessment of the NSW angler population, including getting information from key industry stakeholders (such as charter fishers).

NSW DPI 

SW $322,700

SW $397,100

Developing mangrove jack as a new key species for freshwater recreational fishing in NSW – Phase 4:  Fishery survey of Clarrie Hall dam and continuation of stocking

The development of a recreational fishery based on mangrove jack in Clarrie Hall Dam is well underway, but now requires a post-stocking survey (24 months post first fingerling release), and further stocking effort.  This application will cover the costs of a comprehensive post-stocking survey by electrofishing, netting and trapping, and the production of a further batch of 8,000 fingerlings for release in the 2016/17 summer.

Southern Cross University 

SW $26,279

FW $26,279

 

Habitat use and movements between estuaries and the coastal ocean by Hairtail – Small Grant

Gather information on the movements of hairtail in different life stages between estuaries and the coastal ocean using chemical analysis of fish ear bones (otoliths) collected under an existing student project.

Western Sydney University, School of Science and Health 

SW $9,912

 

Provision of Annual Report for the Gamefish Tagging Program for 2015/2016 – Small Grant

Provision of an informative, attractive and readily accessible report on the Gamefish Tagging Program for the year 2015/2016.

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd 

SW $6,000

 

Laying the foundations for shellfish reef restoration: Review of available ecosystem services data for Sydney rock oysters – Small Grant

Desktop review of the ability of Sydney rock oysters to improve water quality and fisheries production to estimate the extent of lost ecosystem services in our estuaries and inform efforts to restore shellfish reefs in NSW.

DigsFish Services 

SW $10,000

 

Environmental drivers of spawning migration in Australian Bass in the Hunter River, NSW – Small Grant

Acoustic tracking of Australian bass in the Hunter river to determine natural and artificial drivers and impediments of movement behaviour and spawning migration.

Deakin University

 

SW
$9,750

 

Teaching predator avoidance skills in hatchery yellowfin bream and mangrove jack fingerlings to improve efficiency of stock enhancement programmes

This project aims to boost survival rates of hatchery-reared fish in stock enhancement programmes by developing methods to teach predator avoidance behaviours fingerlings prior to release.

Southern Cross UniversitySW $9,950
FW $9,950
  

Developing cost-effective recreational angler data collection and survey methods in NSW through the use of interactive smartphone technology.

Develop and trial interactive web based and smartphone technology as a monitoring and assessment tool for recreational fisheries in NSW, in particular recording angler effort, catch and harvest.

Field GIS AustraliaSW $34,230
FW $14,670
  

NSW Game Fish Tournament Monitoring

This projects collects catch and fishing effort research information from around 25 game fishing tournaments each year, which is used to support management of the game fishery and assist with negotiations with Commonwealth agencies on fisheries issues.

Ghosn Consulting Services

SW
$63,000

SW $66,250

 

Bait Security – Ensuring sustainable and productive NSW invertebrate bait resources

This new research project will contribute to our understanding of bait population dynamics to support sustainable management and identify opportunities for population enhancement or recovery of pipis, nippers and beach worms. Project outcomes will secure NSW bait species for recreational fishers through: 'Best practice' harvest guidelines'.

NSW DPI

SW
$112,180

SW
$106,380

SW $104,880

Game Fish Tagging Project

The NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging Project of Australia is the largest saltwater tagging project of its kind in the world and has been in operation since 1973. It uses anglers to obtain vital information on the biology of billfish, tunas, sharks and sport fish and encourages fishers to participate in the management of the fishery through fish tagging initiatives. Thousands of fish are tagged each year by anglers as part of the project.

NSW DPI

SW $145,101

SW
$148,390

SW $151,950

The New South Wales Research Angler Project – Saltwater

Biological knowledge gaps for some of NSW's key recreational fish species can be filled by utilising fishers to collect biological information (e.g. otoltiths or earbones for fish ageing) on the fish they catch. This 'citizen science' project allows fishers to actively contribute to stock assessment and better management of their favourite species. The project has previously focussed on Mulloway but will expand to other species such as Snapper, Kingfish, Tailor and Flathead.

NSW DPI

SW $300,646

SW
$316,440

SW $335,372

NSW Fisheries Enhancement Research and Monitoring Project

This project addresses the research and monitoring requirements (as determined by the Commonwealth) of the offshore artificial reefs and marine stocking projects. As part of the approvals for these two projects, there are a range of monitoring requirements which are undertaken under this project. The project also furthers our understanding of the effectiveness of these fisheries enhancement project.

NSW DPI

SW
$492,192

SW
$519,248

SW
$550,998

Enhancing Estuary Perch spawning habitat in the Clyde River: Trial and evaluation

This small project will monitor the efficacy of enhancing Estuary Perch spawning habitat (funded separately under a Habitat Action Grant) at strategic locations within the lower Clyde River (where Estuary Perch spawning habitat is limited). Spawning habitat will be enhanced via the deployment of reef balls (artificial reefs) and snags.

NSW DPI

SW   $37,639

SW   $24,527

 

Monitoring and Research on Landed Fish at Game Fishing Tournaments in NSW: 2015/2016 and 2016/2017

This project facilitates sampling of billfish, tuna, sharks and other gamefish captured and weighed at the major game fishing tournaments to obtain biological information, which contributes to a range of studies in Australia and worldwide.

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd

SW $29,000

  

Recreational fish biodiversity assessments will direct on-grounds remediation works to reduce threats to key estuarine habitats in northern NSW

The Group will use in-water estuarine video and observational surveys to determine the presence of key recreational fish species and identify critical habitat that they rely upon. Seagrass and complex habitats will be mapped and seasonal patterns of fish habitat utilisation will be recorded. Threats to key fish habitats will be identified for future habitat restoration work.

Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group Inc. (SURG)

SW $22,970

SW $12,200

SW       $7,640

Provision of an informative, attractive and readily accessible report on the Gamefish Tagging Project for the year 2014/2015 – Small Grant

This project will provide a quality angler Annual Report for the Gamefish Tagging Project for 2014/15

Pepperell Research & Consulting Pty Ltd

SW $6,000

  

Project

Organisation

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Providing vital information necessary to enhance and manage the iconic Murray crayfish recreational fishery

The project will monitor the recovery of blackwater affected populations and the status of open areas as well as undertake stock enhancement to aid the management of the recreational fishery.

Nature Glenelg Trust 

FW $95,000

 

Fishing for answers: unlocking the secrets of spawning and recruitment for Murray-Darling recreational species

This project will identify and map spawning and recruitment zones for Murray cod, silver perch and golden perch.

Charles Sturt University 

FW $50,000

FW $50,000

Macquarie perch refuge project

The continued monitoring and management of the Retreat River Macquarie Perch refuge population and the continued holding of Lachlan Macquarie perch bred at Narrandera for future possible captive breeding.

NSW DPI 

FW $36,000

 

Building a stronger, more resilient and sustainable Murray Cod fishery in NSW

This proposal is to complete and build on the current research project funded by the Trusts and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. It will use new and innovative techniques to obtain new stock assessment information on Murray cod populations across NSW as well as the wider Murray-Darling Basin.

NSW DPI

 

FW
$113,891

FW
$137,905

Monitoring the Australian bass fishery in NSW: "Bass Catch"

The Australian bass fishery is very popular in NSW coastal rivers and impoundments. The Bass Catch Project has been running since 1988 and collects catch and effort information from a series of Bass catch events on various waterways along the coast.

NSW DPI

FW $59,614

FW $71,616

 

Movement patterns of the freshwater Catfish, Tandanus tandanus, in the Gwydir River, northern Murray-Darling Basin

Little research has been undertaken on the movement patterns of freshwater Catfish, particularly in the north of the state within the Murray-Darling Basin. Using acoustic bio-telemetry this project will describe the movement patterns of Catfish in the Gwydir and Mehi Rivers in relation to flow, season and sex. This will provide information to better understand what factors may be limiting recovery of the species in the Basin, which will ultimately allow us to move toward the conservation of the species and hopefully their delisting as endangered.

NSW DPI

FW
$10,000

FW
$10,000

 

Recreational Fishing Assessments in NSW

This research project is designed to inform fishery managers on knowledge gaps that exist in both trout and native inland fisheries. It involves undertaking assessments using various sampling methods e.g. creel surveys, electrofishing surveys etc. to obtain key biological and fishery related information for stock assessment.

NSW DPI

FW
$240,449

FW
$246,460

FW
$252,622

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