The outputs of this project include a detailed socio-economic baseline for commercial, charter and recreational fishers and seafood consumers within the Queensland East Coast Inshore Finfish Fishery (ECIFF, the ‘Inshore Fishery’), prior to management change for the fishery. This baseline will contribute to an assessment of the impacts of management change on the fishery stakeholders (a Fisheries Queensland priority), and assessment of the performance of the ECIFF Management Plan (a DEWHA requirement).
The project, and this report specifically, also provides a suite of the most important and useable socio-economic indicators for use in long-term monitoring of Inshore Fishery stakeholders. The indicators will be incorporated within the Performance Measurement System (PMS) for the fishery, adding to the ecological indicators and hence more completely fulfilling the goals of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD). The socio-economic indicators selected in this project are fishery and sector specific; however the project adjusted and tested a process for selecting indicators, which can be applied to other case studies.
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