BUNDABERG RED EMPEROR 2018

Red Emperor 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 to released)

     

    Fishing Experience

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 1.1 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Red Emperor were the 9th most commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017
    • Commercial Catch rate in 2017 had decreased slightly from 11.2 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 8.33 kg/fisher/day in 2017

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Survey repoed an average length of 638mm in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 3rd in the state in 2017 for the average length of Red Emperor
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.2T, compared to 0.46T in 2015

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 84% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 66% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors 
    • Bundaberg ranked 12th in the state f the number of Red Emperor released in 2017

     

  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

     Red Emperor are less common than Redthroat Emperor off Bundaberg.  None the less catch rates are among the best in the state.  Most of the traffic is for visitors to the area and this effort is concentrated off and around Seventeen-Seventy. 

    There is only a very limited commercial fishery direct offshore from Bundaberg. 

    Red Emperor is a species that is a drawcard for visitors, local discussion could evolve on how best to take advantage of this fact.

    Heavy harvesting of Red Emporer is not recommended, but a limited 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 Red Emperor with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.1 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • An average length of 638mm was reported in 2017
    • 84% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 66% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The peak period for Red Emperor catches in 2017 was during August 

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Red Emperor as a Sport Species

    Red Emperor 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.

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    A snapshot of Sportfisher (Suntaggers) results 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 Red Emperor in Bundaberg (see Area Fished sections) represents 0.57% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate in 2017 had decreased slightly from 11.2 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 8.33 kg/fisher/day in 2017
    • Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 7 and 20 over the past decade with 10 licenses active in 2016
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.2T, compared to 0.46T in 2015

     

    Bundaberg Red Emperor Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Red Emperor

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers / Suntaggers

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Red Emperor:


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

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed