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 have reported a catch rate of 1.38 fish/fisher/day in 2018, so far
- 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
- 83% 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
Barred Javelin is a Recreational only species in Bundaberg. Barred Javelin is the 5th most reported species at Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys and third most in the states. Catch Rates though are lower than northern locations with Bundaberg ranking 6th in the State. Average length is one of the lowest in the state at 13th. Barred Javelin have one of the highest release rates in the region at 89%.
NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.
Forecasting for Bundaberg will be completed and available for the 2018/19 financial year.
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 1.38 fish/fisher/day has been reported in 2018 so far
- The catch mix in 2018 has been dominated by undersize fish followed by trophy fish
- The most common length reported 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.
Barred Javelin are caught mainly in the rivers, estuaries and nearshore areas of the Bundaberg region. Recreationally they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids T31, T32, U32 and V32).