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22-05-2006, 11:28 PM
Keeping rocky reef fish populations afloat
News release | 17 May, 2006

Rocky reef fish species such as snapper, pearl perch and teraglin jew are vital to Queensland recreational and commercial fishing.

In an effort to effectively manage and protect rocky reef fish stocks, the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is participating in a planning workshop as part of its Long Term Monitoring Program.

DPI&F fisheries biologist Eddie Jebreen said that DPI&F is developing a long term monitoring program to collect valuable information which will allow the department to more effectively manage rocky reef fish stocks.

"This workshop is just one of many steps DPI&F is taking to ensure these species continue to thrive," Mr Jebreen said.

"The workshop, to be held on May 31, 2006 at Bribie Island, will centre on the importance of understanding the major species demographics and establish which data will be required to adequately monitor the fish in this ecosystem. Researchers will discuss which species and its life stages may be important indicators for the health and sustainability of the fish stocks.

"The workshop will also ensure that the data collection methods employed will be 'state of the art' and the Queensland results will be able to be compared to studies undertaken elsewhere.

"Workshop attendees include fisheries managers, scientists, and biologists from DPI&F in Queensland, Western Australia Fisheries, South Australian Research and Development Corporation, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, and James Cook University.

"These experts in marine resource monitoring will work with DPI&F scientists to study the high diversity of fish and other marine species located in rocky reefs."

The DPI&F statewide Long Term Monitoring Program started in 1999, with a primary aim to collect data and assess fisheries resources to evaluate management strategies.

"DPI&F is committed to improving ongoing monitoring and believes that this process of collecting and analysing data will improve Queensland fisheries resources," Mr Jebreen said.

More information is available on the:

LTMP www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fisheriesmonitoringprogram

25-05-2006, 06:43 AM
The 2004 Queensland rocky reef report was interesting. I wonder they are suggesting has changed?