MARINE FISHER AND NON-FISHER SURVEY
INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Thank you for participating in the 2022/2023 National Survey of Recreational Fishers. Your efforts in replying and your accurate reporting are very appreciated..

Surveying recreational fishers catch (in addition to commercial and customary fishers) is vital to the assessment of the stock of marine species in New Zealand’s coastal waters. The data you provide is used to better understand the status of different species and to help in the sustainable management of these fisheries.

The survey is about the general public’s recreational fishing in coastal waters and runs from October 2022 to September 2023. As a survey participant, we are most interested to find out whether you went fishing (any method at all) in any week. If you did, we want to know what you caught, how and where. We also want to know when you didn’t go fishing, because this is how we build a statistical picture of our fisheries. We are surveying people ranging from the most frequent of fishers to those who fish only occasionally. Everyone’s answers are equally important.

  1.  Texts from us will be on the last day of each month and ask about any fishing for the last calendar month.
     

  2. If you haven't fished, you just text reply No and that's it for the month. All done.
     

  3. If you have fished, you just touch the link to go to the survey. Or you can copy the link details into your internet browser – this achieves the same thing and brings up the survey.
     

  4. Yes you have to fill in your fishing details yourself, but there is less detail and its very quick and easy! And you can do it at a time that suits you too!
     

  5. If the link doesn't work out for you, don't worry because we can email you the link.

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ABOUT PRIZES

We hope those invited into the survey will stay in it because they realise it is a much needed piece of research for the benefit of recreational marine fishers and the health of our coastlines and oceans. However, there is also a weekly prize draw of a $100 petrol voucher as well as 5 grand prizes of $1000 store credit and NZ Fishing and Hunting. NRB will notify all winners and post there names here.
National Survey of Recreational Fishing prize draw winners.

MORE ABOUT THE SURVEY

Surveying recreational fishers catch (in addition to commercial fishers) is vital to the assessment of the stock of fish and other marine life in New Zealand. The information is used to better understand the situation of different species in our waters, and to help in the sustainable management of our fisheries.

The survey is all about the general public's recreational fishing in New Zealand's coastal waters. As a survey participant, we are most interested to find out if you went marine fishing (any method at all) in any given month, and if you did, what was caught. We are also interested to hear if you didn't go fishing, because this is how we build a statistical picture of our fisheries. We are surveying very avid fishers, and people who fish infrequently.All answers are equally important to us.

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ABOUT TEXTING

When we text you, please reply as it’s a quick and easy way to see who needs a follow up interview or who hasn’t fished. All text replies to us are FREE. Simply reply ‘Yes’ if you have fished in the time period in the text and “No” if you didn’t. Don’t add any other info, this will be collected in the phone interview. If you would like us to stop texting, just text reply ‘Stop’ or tell us when we call.

Please reply promptly to texts so we can process all replies and add them to the week’s list of follow up phone surveys. Texts go out Sunday night and we begin phone interviews on Monday night. Don’t worry if you occasionally forget or are out of range though, we’ll cover any missed time periods the following week.
 

ABOUT PHONE INTERVIEWS

Phone interviews been have proven to produce more responses and with more accuracy than fishers self completing interviews online. They are very brief and to the point, averaging only 6 minutes in length. We collect preferred times when we first visit you at your address but you can change these if your circumstances change, just let your phone interviewer know and we’ll make the adjustment to your records.

MEMORY JOGGER


Some people like to write down their fishing to help them remember.  If you are one of those, you can download a template here. This is of course optional, and we’ll contact you regularly enough so that your memory of recent fishing is always fresh in your mind.

IDENTIFYING FISH SPECIES YOU HAVE CAUGHT

Some people will catch species they do not recognise, or they may just want to check. When we first contacted you we will have given you a pamphlet with a few images of marine species to help you. For an online copy click Download Fishing Survey Pamphlet. You can also email or ring us for another copy if you wish.


Click here to find out more about fish species

(United Fisheries website)

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FISHING AREAS

For the continuation survey you don't need to know too much about the areas you have fished in. Our questionnaire will ask you to select the general area you mostly fished in. We don't need to find out your exact fishing spots and certainly won't tell others about them!

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you want any further information about the this years study, email andreas@nrb.co.nz. If you’d like to read more about previous versions of the study, visit https://www.mpi.govt.nz/national-survey-of-recreational-fishers.  

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