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 0.01 fish/fisher/day
- Bundaberg ranked 9th in the state for King Threadfin Catch Rates
- Commercial Catch rate decreased from 16.5 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 11.6 kg/fisher/day in 2017
Quality of the Fish
- 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 700mm in 2017 noting that a single fish only was reported
- Bundaberg ranked 7th in the State for size of King Threadfin however, due to only a single fish being reported, this ranking is unreliable
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.4T, compared to 1.53T in 2016
- The single King Threadfin reported in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys was caught by a local and kept
- Bundaberg ranked 11th in the state for the number of fish released
Not enough King Threadfin are reported in Bundaberg to make an assessment. King Threadfin are reported in the Commercial catch with 3.4T in 2015 indicating that the species is present in sufficient numbers to be targetted by Recreational fishers.
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 very few King Threadfin with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- King Threadfin were not commonly reported in Bundaberg in 2017, ranking 34th
- The single King Threaten reported in 2017 was 700mm in length
- Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.01 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- The single King Threadfin reported in 2017 was caught by a local in June and kept
King Threadfin as a Sports Species
King Threadfin are a prized sports species in most locations across Queensland. In Bundaberg, King Threadfin are targeted mostly by Sportfishers.
- Limited Data
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 King Threadfin in Bundaberg (see Area Fished sections) represented 0.1% of the statewide catch. in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.
- Commercial Catch rate decreased from 16.5 kg/fisher/day (2016) to 11.6 kg/fisher/day (2017)
- Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 11 and 27 over the past decade with 15 licenses active in 2017
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.4T, compared to 1.53T in 2016.
Importance of King Threadfin to Tourism
Bream are not specifically a tourism drawcard but along with Whiting and Flathead, they are an important species for any family visitors. Family visitors are more likely to target species that are easier to locate in a short space of time.
Monitoring of King Threadfin Recruitment
King Threadfin recruitment is not currently assessed in Bundaberg however, any data collected along with Barramundi recruitment surveys will be reported.
Monitoring of King Threadfin
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 King Threadfin:
King Threadfin are caught in the estuary, creek and nearshore areas of the Bundaberg region. Recreationally and Commercially they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids T31, T32, U32 and V32).