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Innovations in participatory approaches for sustainable recreational fisheries management

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Hollaway, M. and Foster, D. (2003) Innovations in participatory approaches for sustainable recreational fisheries management. In: Regional Experiences for Global Solutions: Proceedings of the 3rd World Recreational Fishing Conference. Northern Territory Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development, 284 pages. ISBN 0 7245 4702 9


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Community-based fish stocking groups have established in Queensland. These groups contribute to the management of local freshwater fisheries. Management of these recreational fisheries is facilitated on a co-operative basis between fish stocking groups and the Queensland Fisheries Service (QFS) of the Department of Primary Industries, under the fish stocking program. Officially known as the Recreational Fishing Enhancement Program, the program has been operating for approximately 15 years. The Queensland Government introduced the program in 1986, with input and support from recreational fishing groups such as Sunfish Queensland, Australian National Sportfishing Association and the Anglers Fish Stocking Association of Queensland. The initial aims were to stock and restock inland water storages (dams and weirs) with native fish species, create an inland recreational fishing resource and tourism attraction, and remove pressure on saltwater estuary fishing. The first twelve years of the program saw the Department take a major role in decision-making and priority setting.
Negative feedback from fish stocking groups indicated a need to implement change in the approach to the program. QFS responded to these needs and innovations were implemented over a three-year period to provide mechanisms for change. Varying degrees of community participation occur within many of the activities that contribute to the management of Queensland’s freshwater recreational fishery. These types of participation are interpreted through a Typology of
participation model specifically designed for fisheries management. Originating from work of rural extension theorists and modified to suit a fisheries context, this model is presented as a guide for describing examples of Queensland management initiatives.
Extension theories are presented together with specific case studies to demonstrate how these innovative approaches have been applied and the resulting shift in community attitude. These innovations have fostered a positive community atmosphere, constructive dialogue, and recognition that Queensland Fisheries Service and community groups can work together in partnership to sustainably manage freshwater recreational fisheries.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Recreational Fishing (Angling etc)
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