Queensland’s East Coast Inshore and Rocky Reef Finfish Fisheries are important for commercial, charter and recreational fisheries, as well as Queensland seafood consumers. With a new Management Plan in development during this project for the East Coast Inshore Finish Fishery (the ‘Inshore Fishery’), and a revision of management for the Rocky Reef Finfish Fishery (the ‘Rocky Reef Fishery’) planned for the future, an opportunity arose to collect baseline socio-economic data for these fisheries prior to management change. This baseline data would provide the opportunity to assess the impacts of management change, and to also initiate a process of long-term socioeconomic monitoring. Such monitoring would allow ongoing assessment of the socioeconomic status of the fishery in terms of fisher resilience and ongoing fishery viability. This report (Part A) outlines the baseline data for the commercial Inshore and Rocky Reef Fisheries.
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