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 0.6 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Crimson Snapper were not commonly reported in Bundaberg in 2017 (20th most common at boat ramp surveys)
- Bundaberg ranked 8th in the state for the catch rate of Crimson Snapper
- Not targeted commercially
Quality of the Fish
- An average length of 443mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
- Bundaberg ranked 9th in the state in 2017 for size of Crimson Snapper in 2017
- 71% of fish reported in Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys in 2017 were released
- 64% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
- Bundaberg ranked 6th in the state in 2017 for the number of Crimson Snapper released
Limited Take For Consumption Advised
Crimson Snapper are a small portion of the offshore catch for all species off Bundaberg. Limited data makes full assessment difficult. Without clear evidence of stocks, some caution should be exercised on harvest
Heavy harvesting of Crimson Snapper is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data.
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 Crimson Snapper with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Crimson Snapper was not a commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017, ranking 20th
- The average size of Crimson Snapper measured in 2017 was 443mm
- Recreational Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.6 fish/fisher/day
- 71% of fish reported in 2017 were released
- 64% of fish reported in 207 were caught by locals
- The peak period for Crimson Snapper catches in 2017 was during March
Crimson Snapper 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.
- DATA UNDER REVIEW
A detailed snapshot of local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:
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. Crimson Snapper are not commercially targeted in Bundaberg
Monitoring of Crimson Snapper
Data for this assessment has been sourced from:
- Bureau of Meterology
- Queensland Fisheries
- Local Sportfishers
Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Crimson Snapper:
Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Commercial Data
Crimson Snapper are not commercially targeted in Bundaberg.