Coral Trout are a prized food species for locals and visitors.

  • 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

    • A catch rate of 1.3 fish/fisher/day was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys 
    • Bundaberg ranked 5th in the state for Common Coral Trout Catch Rates in 2017
    • An decrease in Commercial Catch Rates was reported, from 17.1 kg/day in 2016 to 14.4 kg/day in 2017


    Quality of the Fish

    • An average length of 494mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys 
    • Bundaberg ranked 3rd in the state in 2017 for the average length of Common Coral Trout 
    • Commercial catch was 0.75T in 2017, compared to 0.77T in 2016


    Community Attitudes

    • 82% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 88% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • Bundaberg ranked 13th in the state in 2017 for the number of the number of Common Coral Trout released


  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Most of the Coral Trout fishing effort comes from visiting fishers. Most of this effort is concentrated off and around Seventeen-Seventy.  Release rates for Venus Tuskfish are one of the lowest in the state.

    There is only a very limited commercial fishery direct offshore from Bundaberg. 

    Coral Trout is a species that is a drawcard for visitors, local discussion could evolve on how best to take advantage of this fact.


  • Forecast


    Forecasting for Bundaberg will be completed and available for the 2018/19 financial year.

  • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys 

    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 regularly report catching Common Coral Trout with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Common Coral Trout was the 8th most commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017
    • An average size of 494mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.3 fish/fisher/day
    • 82% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 88% of the fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • Peak periods for catch rates in 2017 were during February and August



    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Common Coral Trout are targeted by sportfishers for much the same reason as other groups - take home for a feed. As sportfishers practice catch and release for their key estuary targets, offshore represents the opportunity to bring back a feed of fish for the family.



    A detailed snapshot of Sportfisher / Suntaggers data is available:

    Local Sportfishers

  • 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 commercial catch of Common Coral Trout in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) represented <1% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate was down from 17.1 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 14.4 kg/fisher/day in 2017
    • Number of active licenses has been between 7 and 19 over the past decade with 11 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.75T, compared to 0.77T in 2016


    Bundaberg Common Coral Torut Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Common Coral Trout

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Suntagger / Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Common Coral Trout:

    Local Sportfishers / Suntaggers
    Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Commercial Data

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Common Coral Trout are caught throughout the Bundaberg region. Commercially they are targetted in Grids U31 to Z31, V32 and X32 to Z32. W32 has been excluded from the analysis as it represents Fraser Island catch data.