A Socio-Economic Assessment of Tasmanian Recreational Rock Lobster Fishery


A self-administered mail questionnaire was used to collect social and economic data from Tasmanian rock lobster licence holders. Questions pertained to fisher‟s demographic characteristics, fishing participation patterns and preferences, fishing attitudes and experience preferences, and expenditure relating to rock lobster fishing. The survey was sent to 967 lobster fishers at the end of the 2006/07 lobster fishing season; 379 usable questionnaires were returned. Accounting for non-deliverables, an effective response rate of 40% was achieved. The number of usable questionnaires was sufficient to structure the results in terms of comparisons between three licence class groups; (1) pot licence only fishers, (2) dive licence only fishers, and (3) owners of multiple lobster licences. The small number of ring-only licence holders (n=5) precluded using a separate group for these fishers. Calibration against the demographic profile of licence-holders indicated that respondents were over represented by older fishers. Furthermore, cross-referencing with data collected for a sub-set of respondents who also participated in the 2006/07 phone/diary survey suggested that reported activity levels (avidity) by respondents was inflated by recall bias and, to a lesser extent, sampling bias, with a positive bias towards more avid respondents. These biases should be taken into account when viewing survey results. Catch and effort estimates for rock lobster fishers over the same period are provided in Lyle (2008).


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Recfishing Research Executive Officer
Owen Li
e: owenl@uow.edu.au

p: 0413148222

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