BUNDABERG REDTHROAT EMPEROR 2018

Redthroat 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 or released)

     

    Fishing Experience

    • 2017 Sportfishers data under review
    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Survey reported a catch rate of 3.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 2nd in the state for Redthroat Emperor Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rate was similar between 2016 and 2017 with 3.21 kg/fisher/day and 3.46 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 403mm 
    • Bundaberg ranked 9th in the state for Redthroat Emperor average length
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.44T, compared to 0.42T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 65% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 81% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors 
    • Bundaberg ranked 4th in the sate for the numbers of Redthroat Snapper released 

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Redthroat Emperor catch rates are among the best for all species off Bundaberg and Redthroat Emperor are the second most commonly targetted species after Mud Crabs.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. 

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

    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 

    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 Redthroat Emperor with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 3.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • An average length of 403mm was reported in 2017
    • 65% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 81% of fish reported in 2017 are caught by visitors
    • The peak periods for Redthroat Snapper catches in 2017 were during January, March, August and September

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Redthroat Emperor as a Sport Species

    Redthroat 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.

    • DATA CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW

     

    A detailed 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 Redthroat Emperor in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) represented 0.145% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rates were similar between 2016 and 2017 with 3.21 kg/fisher/day and 3.46 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has ranged between 21 and 36 over the last decade with 21 licences active in 2017.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.44T, compared to 0.42T in 2016.

     

    Bundaberg Redthroat Emperor Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Redthroat Emperor

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

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

     

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

     

    Local Sportfishers

     

    Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys

     

    Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Commercial Catch

     

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    School Mackerel are caught throughout the Bundaberg region. Commercially they are targetted in Grids U31 to Z31, V32 and X32 to Z32. W32 has been excluded from the analysis as it represents Fraser Island catch data.