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 0 Grey Mackerel in 2017
- Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2016 (16.9kg/fisher/day) from 54.7kg/fisher/day in 2015
Quality of the Fish
- Commercial catch in 2016 was 0.27T, compared to 0.82T in 2015
- No Grey Mackerel were reported by recreational or sport fishers in 2017
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 reported no Grey Mackerel in 2017. Monitoring in 2018.
Grey Mackerel as a Sports Species
No Grey Mackerel have been reported by sportfishers in Bundaberg in 2018, so far
A snapshot of Sportsfishers catch data 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. The commercial catch of Grey Mackerel in Bundaberg represented <1% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.
- Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (18.2 kg/fisher/day) from 22.1 kg/fisher/day in 2016
- Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 5 and 8 over the past decade with 5 active in 2016
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.55T, compared to 0.64T in 2016
Monitoring of Grey Mackerel Recruitment
Grey Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Bundaberg.
Monitoring of Grey Mackerel
Data for this assessment has been sourced from:
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Queensland Fisheries
- Local Sportfishers and Suntaggers
Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Grey Mackerel: