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Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund Final Report: Can recreational fishers provide a cost effective means for monitoring artificial reefs?

Tweedley, J.R., Florisson, J.H., Bateman, T.A., Chaplin, J.A. and Gill, H.S. (2016) Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund Final Report: Can recreational fishers provide a cost effective means for monitoring artificial reefs? Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund and Murdoch University

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Abstract

Artificial reefs have been constructed and deployed in over 50 countries around the world to enhance the productivity of aquatic habitats and fishing experiences. In April 2013, two purpose-built concrete artificial reefs were deployed in Geographe Bay, Western Australia to provide additional fish habitat and increase upwelling and thus enhance recreational fishing opportunities. Due to the relatively high cost of planning, purchasing and deploying these structures, it is important to understand spatial and temporal usage of the reef by fish assemblages, in order to determine the extent to which fishing opportunities are actually enhanced. One potential method to reduce monitoring costs is to utilise volunteers from the general public to collect data, i.e. citizen science. The overall objective of this project was to determine whether recreational fishers, through a citizen science program, could potentially provide an effective means for monitoring artificial reefs.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund and Murdoch University
Copyright: © Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund and Murdoch University 2016
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/34070
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