BUNDABERG PIKEY BREAM 2018

Pikey Bream are a popular food species particularly for family fishers as they are common and take a variety of baits.

  • 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 reports catch rate of 0.04 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 12th in the state for Pikey Bream Catch Rates in 2017
    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.02 kg/fisher/day and 6.67 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 264mm
    • Bundaberg ranked 9th in the State for average size of Pikey Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.54T, compared to 2.72T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 78% of Pikey Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • Bundaberg ranked 5th in the state for the number of fish released
    • 57% of the Pikey Bream catch were reported by visitors 

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Pikey Bream should be a monitored species as increasing numbers relative to Yellowfin Bream could indicate climate change is making conditions more favourable to Pikeys.  Historically catches have been much lower than Yellowfin Bream and Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys indicate much lower ratio that Gladstone or Rockhampton.  None the less an upward change in the ratio could be indicative of impacts of climate change.

    Pikeys have one of the higher release rates for estuary species (85.6%) and much lower than Yellowfin Bream (61.9%) indicating that fishers are either catching mostly smaller fish or they are not as valued as other species.

    Pikey Bream are not a significant species in the region but are an important indicator species for change.

    NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    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 regularly report catching Pikey Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Pikey Bream was the 15th most commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017
    • An average size 264mm for Pikey Bream was reported in 2017
    • Recreational fishers reported a catch rate of 0.04 fish per day in 2017
    • 78% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • The peak period for Pikey Bream catches in 2017 was during April and October
    • 57% of the Pikey Bream catch was reported by visitors

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Pikey Bream are a sports species in South East Queensland where the opportunity to compete in the ABT Bream Tournaments is a motivator for fishers to develop their bream skills. In Bundaberg Bream are not considered a sports species with limited catches of bream during the year reported by Sportsfishers. Bundaberg is towards the lower limits of Pikey Bream.

    • A Catch Rate of 1 fish/fisher/day was reported by Sportfishers in 2017
    • The catch mix in 2018 is dominated by undersize fish (67%) followed by legal fish (33%). No trophy bream have reported so far in 2018

     

    A snapshot of local sportfishers / Suntaggers catch 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 Pikey Bream in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) represented 1.73% of the statewide catching 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.02 kg/fisher/day and 6.67 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has ranged between 18 and 33 over the last decade with 22 licences active in 2017.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.54T, compared to 2.72T in 2016.

     

    Bundaberg Pikey Bream Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    The annual recruitment of Pikey Bream is not monitored in Bundaberg but is scheduled to begin in 2018.

     

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Suntag

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Bream of both types are caught in the estuary, creek and nearshore areas of the Bundaberg region. Recreationally and Commercially they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids T32, U32, V3).