Dr Andy Moore
Fisheries Biologist & Obsessed Angler
Andy started fishing at a very young age and became a lure fishing convert when, as a thirteen year old, he met and had the opportunity to fish with Vic McCrystal. He’s since fished all over Australia and overseas using lures and flies. When he’s not fishing Andy is just as passionate about his work as a Fisheries Scientist, where he’s researched Eastern Cod, studied the impacts of exotic fish on our native population and grappled with assessments of fish stocks and recruitment.
Key Messages From The National Rec Fishing Survey
Participation in fishing
- Participation rates are highest for:
- Those aged 30-44
- Those who live in regional areas
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- 4.2 million Australians (21%) participate in fishing
- Northern Territory has the highest participation rates, but a smaller population
- Eastern states have lower participation rates, but bigger numbers due to a larger population
- There were 28.6 million fishing events in 2018-19
Popularity of fishing
- Fishing is the 10th most popular recreational pursuit, roughly equivalent to cycling
Contribution to Australian Economy
- Recreational fishing contributes over 100K jobs and 11 billion dollars to GDP
- $8.7b of the fishing related GDP occurs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland
- A high proportion of the jobs are in regional areas
- Recreational fishing plays an important role in redistributing wealth from cities to regions
- Fishing is seen as a socially acceptable pastime by 79% of Australians
- The acceptability of fishing as a recreational pursuit is highest among:
- Those who live in regional areas
- Households that include individuals who fish
- Fishing has one of the highest rates of acceptance among common activities
Contribution to Wellbeing
- Recreational fishers have a significantly higher level of wellbeing than the general population
- Fishing plays an important role in the lives of people experiencing stressful events such as divorce, loss of a loved one etc.
- A high proportion of fishers view fishing as a way of maintaining family and social connections
- Fishers who participate with friends and family have higher wellbeing
- Recreational fishing plays an important role in increasing the activity levels of Australians
- Fishing is especially important for increasing activity levels of over 65’s
- Recreational fishers identify as good environmental stewards
- Fishers contribute to the health of the environment through:
- removing rubbish they see whilst fishing
- donating to organisations that improve aquatic environments
- participating in cleanups, habitat restoration and pest fish management
- reporting environmental problems and illegal activities.
- The majority of fishers understand how to fish responsibly
- The majority of recreational fishers support citizen science, including:
- reporting their catches to better understand fisheries
- reporting sightings of key aquatic species
- reporting sightings of birds and other marine life
- uploading of fish images to contribute to stock assessment
- collection of water samples for analysis
Impacts of Covid and bushfires
- Participation in recreational fishing was impacted by Covid and bushfires but returned to previous levels
Episode 618: Georges River Bream With Josh Carpenter
The Georges River and Port Hacking systems are Josh Carpenters back yard and he loves nothing better than putting in some quality time on the bream in this area. Josh is a multiple-time ALF guest and always shares valuable info to help our listeners. Today’s episode is no exception.
Episode 617: Cairns Jungle Perch With Gaelen McLoughlin
Jungle Perch are north Queensland’s answer to the Australian Bass. Is you like the idea of wading cool, clear jungle streams and throwing small lures at feisty and very beautiful lure munchers, this style of fishing is definitely worth a look!
Episode 615: Wimmera Yellowbelly With Mitch McMaster
Victoria’s Wimmera region is a well kept secret when it comes to Australia’s freshwater natives. Fortunately, Mitch McMaster has them figured out and doesn’t mind sharing a few tips!
Episode 614: Ten Soft Plastic Lure Fishing Hacks With Greg Vinall
There are millions of ways of rigging, modifying, upgrading, or otherwise improving soft plastic lures for specific fishing applications. In today’s episode I share a few of my favourites.
Episode 613: Ballina Headlands Jewfish With Tristan Sloan
Tristan Sloan grew up chasing jewfish from the rock walls and headlands of the Ballina area and now has returned to his old stomping grounds to continue his success at luring jewfish.
[Trailer] Episode 621: The Best Flathead Lures With Greg Vinall
We summarise some of the information shared by the many ALF guests who have come onboard over the past four years to share their flathead fishing passion!
Episode 620: Maximise Your Fishing With Andrew Death
Tournament anglers approach their fishing a little differently than most social anglers. So what can we learn that might help us maximise our enjoyment and results when we’re not fishing competitively?