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)
- Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 1.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Bundaberg ranked 6th in the state for Barred Javelin catch rates
Quality of the Fish
- An average length of 386mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
- Bundaberg ranked 13th in the State for the average length of Barred Javelin
- 89% of fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were released
- 93% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
- Bundaberg ranked 2nd in the state for the number of fish released
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
- Boyne Tannum hookup catch rate between 1.2 and 1.6 fish/fisher/day
- 95% of Yellowfin Bream in the Boyne Tannum Hookup will be between 270 and 290mm
- Recruitment is likely to be moderate
Heavy harvesting of Bream is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. Evidence from the Qld Fisheries boat ramp surveys suggests that most fish are released but with only a single year of data, this will need to be assessed as additional data is collected.
NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.
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. Fishers in Bundaberg report catching Barred Javelin with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Barred Javelin were the 5th most commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017
- An average length of 386mm was reported by fishers in 2017
- Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- 89% of fish reported in 2017 were released
- The peak period for Barred Javelin catches in 2017 was during March
Barred Javelin as a Sports Species
Barred Javelin are a prized sports species in most locations across Queensland. In Bundaberg, Barred Javelin are targeted mostly by Sportfishers.
- A catch rate of 1.5 fish/fisher/day was reported in 2017
- The catch mix 2018, so far, is dominated by undersize fish followed by trophy fish
- The most common length reported so far in 2018, are fish in the 200-300mm size range
A snapshot of Sportsfishers catch data is available:
Monitoring of Barred Javelin Recruitment
Barred Javelin recruitment in Bundaberg is not assessed directly however, any data collected during Bream and Barramundi recruitment surveys is recorded.