Information for Participants

Thank you for considering taking part in this survey.  Please note, respondents should be 18 years or older and have been fishing for escapee Atlantic salmon.

In late November and again in early December 2020 Huon Aquaculture reported the escape of a large number of Atlantic salmon from fish farms located in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and in Storm Bay.  In the earlier escape event, over 50,000 Atlantic salmon, each about 4 kg were reported lost.  In the second event over 120,000 salmon of 500-600 g escaped. 

Since then, there have been numerous reports of recreational fishers targeting escapees using a range of fishing methods.  While these fish represent a bonanza for fishers there are outstanding questions surrounding the ecological implications of such a large loss of fish; specifically how far and how quickly they disperse; how long they survive in the wild; and do they consume native fauna?  By harnessing your experiences and observations we hope to be able to better answer these questions.

This survey is being conducted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), participation is voluntary and expected to take 10-15 minutes to complete. There are four sections: (1) Information about you; (2) Your fishing for escapees; (3) General comments; and (4) Future fishing plans. Each section has an explanation of what is involved to answer the survey.

Please be assured, any personal identifying information that you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be removed from the databases at the completion of the study.  Other information will be held for five years and then destroyed.  Any reports will involve combined information and thus any comments or responses will not be individually identifiable. When available, reports from this study will be promoted through various IMAS media platforms.

This study has been approved by the UTAS Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study, please contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on (03) 6226 2975 or email ss.ethics@utas.edu.au. The Executive Officer is the person nominated to receive complaints from research participants. Please quote ethics reference number S24021.

If you have any questions about the study feel free to contact me on (03) 6226 8255 or by email at Jeremy.Lyle@utas.edu.au.

By submitting your survey response you are providing your consent to participate in this study.

In anticipation, thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to your contribution to this important study.

Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Lyle
(Project Leader)

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