BUNDABERG CRIMSON SNAPPER 2018

Crimson Snapper are a popular food species and are the most commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore activity for reef species around Bundaberg is conducted by recreational fishers.

  • 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

    • 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

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 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

     

  • Assessment

    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. 

  • Forecast

    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 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

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    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:

    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. Crimson Snapper are not commercially targeted in Bundaberg

     

    Bundaberg Crimson Snapper Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Monitoring

    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:


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

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Crimson Snapper are not commercially targeted in Bundaberg.