Researchers release survey to find out why fishers target black bream in Mandurah waters

Murdoch University PhD researcher Clara Obregn holding a black bream on the banks of the Swan River in Perth.
Murdoch University PhD researcher Clara Obregn holding a black bream on the banks of the Swan River in Perth.

SCIENTISTS and economists have created a survey to investigate why fishers target black bream.

The questionnaire was developed using information from more than 100 detailed interviews with fishers at popular bream fishing spots, including the Peel Harvey Estuary in Mandurah.

Murdoch University environmental management expert Michael Hughes said the researchers wanted to know what makes a fishing trip successful for fishers.

“For some, just spending time in the outdoors will be enough, but for others, catching as many bream as is legally allowed will equate to a good trip,” Dr Hughes said.

“Understanding the expectations of fishers is valuable for managing the future of black bream fisheries in WA and ensuring the social values are maintained as an important part of the fisheries.”

The survey can be found at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4340334/The-social-dimensions-of-Black-Bream-fishing.

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