Our clubs and members love fishing! Fishing involves the capture of fish and by monitoring what we catch we can actively support and participate in the management of our fishery resources that aligns with one of our organisation’s core values: Conservation.
ANSA QLD supports clubs in development and implementation of recreational fishery monitoring plans, which set out the objectives of a monitoring program. these plans are valuable in helping to focusing on what these program are trying to achieve. There are several key questions that these plans cover in order to facilitate successful monitoring program implementation;
Depending on objectives monitoring programs can be used to complement other research and monitoring activities being carried out by like-minded groups, organisations and local, state or federal government bodies.
Establishing a monitoring program allows ANSA Qld affiliated clubs and their members the ability to better understand and keep track of the health of the fishery in their own back yard. It can be used for but is not limited to the monitoring of things such as,
An ANSA Qld monitoring program comprises of three core parts,
ANSA Qld and our members have limited resources (money and time) to contribute to monitoring, so we need to make sure we are doing it for good reasons.
The plan is simply to help clubs and members think about why and where they want to direct efforts. We should make sure that we are contributing to highest priority issues, not just tagging as many fish as we can. For this reason the ANSA Qld executive committee will seek input from Fisheries Queensland and other research institutions into highest priority species and locations to help refine monitoring effort.
It also demonstrates to others that we are professional in our approach to monitoring.
How is the revised ANSA Qld tagging program different to what we have previously done under Suntag?
Tagging will be conducted according to the AUSTAG Manual (http://www.ansaqld.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Austag-Manual-Complete-with-Work-Instructions.pdf ) noting that the manual will be updated during 2016-17. Specific revisions include: