about the national recreational fishing survey

frequently asked questions
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What is this study about and who is doing it?

Recreational fishing is an important activity for many Australians. Many fish once or twice a year, others fish most weeks. To understand the value of recreational fishing, it is important to identify the different social and economic aspects of fishing, including how much spending is generated in different regions by recreational fishing activities, right through to how participating in recreational fishing influences the health and wellbeing of fishers.

We are asking recreational fishers across Australia to complete surveys asking about social and economic aspects of their fishing, such as how you are finding your fishing experiences in the last year, and how much you have spent on fishing.

This survey is part of a large study being conducted by researchers from the University of Canberra, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and EconSearch (a division of BDO Advisory), who are assessing the social and economic contributions of recreational fishing across Australia, and developing methods that can be used for future assessments.

Why have I been asked to take part and how were my contact details obtained?

Recreational fishers across Australia are being asked to take part. You may have found out about the survey via an email or newsletter sent by a recreational fishing organisation, or seeing a post about it on Facebook, Instagram or twitter.

If you were contacted directly, this may have been through (i) the email being sent to you by a fishing organisation or business whose mailing list you are on (in which case the researchers do not have access to your contact details but the organisations passed information about the survey on our behalf), (ii) from University of Canberra databases of people who have participated in previous surveys and given permission to be contacted again (if you would like your name and contact details to be removed so you are not contacted again in future, please let the Regional Wellbeing Survey team know by calling 1800 981 499 or emailing regionalwellbeing@canberra.edu.au), or (iii) you have been contacted by an online survey provider who you have signed up to complete surveys with.

Do I have to do the survey?

No, you do not have to do the survey. You do not need to participate if you don’t wish to. If you do decide to participate, but don’t want to finish all the questions in the survey, you can stop the survey at any time, even if you haven’t answered all the questions. If you decide after doing the survey that you don’t want your answers used in the study, you can call or email the researchers and ask them to remove your survey from the study. This is possible right up until results are produced from the study (if you have not provided your contact details as part of the survey, we will ask you to provide information on your age, postcode, gender and locality to let us locate and remove your survey response if you contact us requesting withdrawal of your data).

Will I be paid for my participation?

Everyone who completes the survey can enter the prize draw if they wish. Everyone aged 18 or older who participates between 10 July 2020 and 31 August 2021 can enter the draw to win monthly and grand prizes. Details of the prizes are detailed in the Terms and Conditions at the end of this information sheet.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a survey which should take no more than 20-30 minutes to complete. You may be asked to also participate in future surveys but do not have to if you do not wish to. By completing the survey questions you are consenting to participating in the survey.

What will happen after the data is collected and will my data be used in future studies?

Data from the survey will be analysed to help identify the social and economic contributions of recreational fishing in Australia, and to recommend robust methods for ongoing monitoring of these contributions. Your data will be stored at the University of Canberra, and may be used in future studies in which monitoring of social and economic contributions is done over time. Reports will be produced from the study, and you can access these if you wish to (either by indicating you wish to on the survey form, or emailing us at recreationalfishing@canberra.edu.au and asking to be included on our mailing list). Your contact details will not be passed to any other organisations other than those involved in this study without your permission. The data you provide may be provided in de-identified form to other researchers (this means you will not be identifiable in the dataset provided, ensuring your privacy and confidentiality are protected).

Will I be identified in published reports from this study?

No. Your name will not be included in reports, and neither will any information that may identify you.

Will I be asked to do anything further after this survey?

At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are willing to participate in future surveys. You do not have to do this. If you say yes, we may contact you to ask you to participate in future surveys, but you do not have to participate in these if you do not wish to.

What if I have Ethical Concerns?

This project has been approved by the University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee (Project Number 0913). Any ethical concerns you have may be raised with the researchers (contacts details provided below), or directed to the University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee (email humanethicscommittee@canberra.edu.au).

The study is funded by the Australian government and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.