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Fish frames wanted for research.

Post by Big_unit » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:40 pm

Fish bones high on menus for researchers

Fish bones aren’t something people usually want to keep in their catch - but demand for fish skeletons is high.

Fisheries Queensland monitoring staff say more fish skeletons, known as frames, are urgently needed to help them in studying the fish frames to better understand the status of the state’s fish stocks.

Fisheries biologist Jonathan Yantsch said that volunteers of the Keen Angler Program were providing samples for the monitoring program but more were needed.

"We rely on Keen Angler Program volunteers to donate fish frames so we can study their biology in order to provide thorough assessments of species and their stock levels," he said.

"Information collected from donated frames includes length measurements, the sex of the fish, and an estimate of the fish’s age, which is obtained by examining the otoliths (ear bones) under a microscope."

Mr Yantsch said that volunteers recently got to see first-hand how their donations contributed to the sustainability of Queensland’s fisheries by attending an information workshop.

"Volunteers visited the Southern Fisheries Centre at Deception Bay to see how the frames they donate are processed and what information is collected," he said.

"It may seem a simple gesture but their contribution of a fish frame or two is significant in shaping stock assessments and management decisions."

Mr Yantsch encouraged other fishers not to ‘scale back’ on supplying fish frames and to consider becoming a Keen Angler Program volunteer.

"Any fisher can become a volunteer and help to contribute to the maintenance of sustainable fisheries for Queensland," he said.

"Keeping samples is easy: just fillet your catch, place the frames in one of our kits, fill out the label with some basic information, give us a call and we’ll come to you to pick them up."

Mr Yantsch said that the species of interest for samples included mackerel (spotted, Spanish and grey), whiting (sand, winter and gold-lined), tailor, barramundi, dusky flathead, yellowfin bream and rocky reef species. The monitored rocky reef species include snapper, pearl perch, yellowtail kingfish, amberjack, samsonfish, cobia and teraglin.

Any fishers that catch these species - even if rarely - can get involved in the program by calling the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23 or by emailing


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