BUNDABERG BARRAMUNDI 2018

Barramundi are a popular local sports species.

  • Overview

    Overview

    Crystal Bowl GBR is aiming to examine 3 core measures across a wide range of species in the region:

    • Fishing experience (how many fish per trip)
    • Quality of the fish (size of fish)
    • Community attitudes (number of legal size fish kept or released)

     

    Fishing Experience

    • It should be noted barramundi are rarely reported in the region but catches are probably more frequent than is reported.
    • T20 Fishers (Sportfishers) catch rate 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • T20 Fishers have reported a catch rate of 3.11 fish/fisher/day in Lake Monduran, so far, in 2018
    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reports catch rate of 0.1 fish/fisher/day
    • Bundaberg ranked 8th in the state for Barramundi catches based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • Notable increase in Barramundi Commercial Catch Rates from 63.1 kg/day in 2016 to 118 kg/day in 2017

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • The most commonly reported size of barramundi in 2017 by T20 Fishers were fish in the 601-700mm size range
    • Bundaberg ranked 4th in the State for size of Barramundi (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys) however, due to the small sample this ranking may be biased
    • An increase in Commercial catch was reported in 2017 (24.2T) from 10.5T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 50% of Barramundi reported in 2017 were released
    • 60% of Barramundi reported in 2017 were caught by visitors 
    • Bundaberg is ranked 10th in the state for the release rate of fish

     

     

  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    NOTE: Limited take means recommended no more than 2 fish between 60cm-1m.

    Barramundi in Bundaberg are largely escapees from Lake Monduran and occasionally from Lake Awoonga. Limited catches suggest no significant wild fishery for Barramundi, though it should be noted milder climate conditions could change this in the future.

    There is a small commercial Barramundi fishery present which prior to 2010 did not exist as anything other than bycatch. These fish are likely escapees but the sizes of commercial catches suggest there are larger numbers of fish present than is being reported in recreational data at present. 

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    Due to limited recreational data no forecast is available at this time.  Commercial data would indicate catches may drop this year unless more fish come into the system from Monduran.

  • Sportfishers

    Barramundi as a Sports Species

    Barramundi are most commonly targetted by Sportfishers in Bundaberg.

    • Local Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • A catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day has been reported in 2018, so far
    • Most Barramundi reported in 2017 (3 fish) were in the 601-700mm size range

     

    A snapshot of Barramundi reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

    Local Sportfishers

  • Lake Monduran

    Barramundi in Lake Monduran

    Barramundi are most commonly targetted by Sportfishers in Lake Monduran.

    • Local Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 1.8 fish/fisher/day in 2017 and 3.11 fish/fisher/day in 208, so far
    • Most Barramundi reported in 2018 were in the 601-800mm size range

     

    A snapshot of Barramundi reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

     

    Local Sportfishers

     

  • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - General Fishers

    Monitoring of Recreational Catch by Qld Fisheries

    Queensland Fisheries monitors boat ramps up and down the coast as a part of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. Recreational fishers in Bundaberg reported catching Barramundi, with a 100% being released in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a total of 8 Barramundi caught in 2017
    • A Catch Rate of 0.1 fish/fisher/day was reported in 2017
    • 50% of Barramundi caught in 2017 were released
    • 60% of Barramundi reported caught were by visitors 
    • Highest monthly Catch Rate for Barramundi in 2017 was during May, noting that this data is based on 8 fish

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Commercial Fishing

    Commercial Fishing Catch

    Queensland Fisheries monitors commercial catches up and down the coast. Commercial fishers are required to maintain logbooks of catch and report quarterly. The 2017 commercial catch of Barramundi in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) contributed 2.71% to the statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Notable increase in Barramundi Commercial Catch Rates from 63.1 kg/day in 2016 to 118 kg/day in 2017
    • Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 7 and 14 over the past decade, with 11 active in 2017
    • An increase in Commercial catch was reported in 2017 (24.2T) from 10.5T in 2016

     

    Bundaberg Barramundi Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Barramundi Recruitment

    Targeted Barramundi recruitment monitoring in Bundaberg will commence in 2018 and will be ongoing. A summary of recruitment survey results will be drafted and made available when complete.

     

     

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Barramundi

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers and Suntaggers

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Barramundi:

  • Area Fished

    Area Assessed

    Barramundi are caught in the estuary, creek and nearshore areas of the Bundaberg region. Recreationally and Commercially they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids T32, U32, V32).