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Recreational and charter fishing activities generate a range of social and economic benefits. In 2017–18, fishers spent an estimated $2,219 million on recreational ($2,195 million) and charter ($24 million) activities.
Catch, effort and participation rates are evaluated by surveys and are used to inform fisheries management practices. Around 850,000 people fished recreationally in 2013–14, down from around one million in 2000–01. The average number of days fished per fisher was also down to 4.3 from 5.6108.
The top five species caught by recreational fishers included four fish (bream, dusky and sand flathead and snapper) and one crustacean (saltwater nippers)108.
Anglers are required to purchase a recreational fishing licence when fishing in NSW waters. Over the past 16 years, licence sales have been remarkably consistent, averaging around 500,000 per year. Licence revenue has increased, with licence fee increases in 2008–09 and 2013–14. Licence revenue is spent by NSW DPI on projects to improve the experience for recreational fishers109.
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Estimating the weight (tonnes) of the recreational catch (caught and kept) showed that, for five of ten key species, a majority of the total harvest weight was attributable to recreational rather than commercial fishing - specifically Dusky Flathead, Sand Flathead, Mulloway, Tailor and Yellowtail Kingfish108.
The charter fishing sector became a restricted access fishery in 2000, with 276 licenses issued. The number of anglers taking charter trips and the associated industry turnover (estimated) has not changed notably since that time110, ab.
An estimated $24 million was spent on charter fishing fees and non-charter items, such as food and accommodation in 2017-18, with approximately half of the expenditure coming from charter fishing fees alone. This expediture output was found to result in a total direct and indirect economic output in excess of $50 million52, z.