District meetings will fish for information

CALLING all anglers.

You are wanted to take part in a new project aimed at collecting information on catch rates off the Capricorn Coast.

The Capricorn Reef Monitoring Program (CapReef), thought to be a first in Australia, will be launched with public meetings today and tomorrow.

Capricorn Sunfish chairman Kim Martin said the project had been initiated by a group of interested stakeholders from the Central Queensland recreational fishing community.

It came in response to a need identified by local fishers during the Marine Park rezoning.

Anglers would be encouraged to provide details of their fishing trips at Humpy Island, Wedge and Pelican Islands and Conical Island through a toll free hotline.

The public meetings in Yeppoon and Rockhampton will explain the project and detail how recreational fishers can get involved.

The meeting in Yeppoon will be tonight at 7:30pm at the Coastguard rooms, Rosslyn Bay Harbour. The Rockhampton meeting will be at the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club on lower Quay Street at 7:30pm.



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