BUNDABERG SADDLETAIL SNAPPER 2018

Saddletail Snapper are a popular food species and are a commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore fishing 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 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day
    • Saddletail Snapper were not commonly reported in Bundaberg in 2017 (ranked 21st at boat ramp surveys)
    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 16.4 kg/fisher/day and 10.7 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 438mm
    • Bundaberg ranked 11th in the state for average length
    • Commercial Catch in 2017 was 0.32T, compared to 0.69T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 72% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 69% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • Bundaberg ranked 3rd in the state in 2017 for the numbers of fish released

     

  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    Saddletail Snapper are a small portion of the offshore catch for all species off Bundaberg. Limited data makes full assessment difficult. Without clear evidence of stocks, some caution should be exercised on harvest

    Heavy harvesting of Saddletail Snapper is not recommended, but a moderate 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 Cairns report catching Saddletail Snapper in 2017 with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • An average length of 438mm was reported in 2017
    • 72% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 69% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The peak period for Crimson Snapper catches in 2017 was during October  

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Saddletail Snapper 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 AND AVAILABLE SOON

     

    A snapshot of local Sportfishers (Suntag) data is available:

    Local Sportfishers / Suntag

     

  • 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 Saddletail Snapper in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) represented 0.52% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 16.4 kg/fisher/day and 10.7 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • The number of active licenses has ranged between 5 and 15 over the past decade with 14 licenses active in 2017
    • Commercial Catch in 2017 was 0.32T, compared to 0.69T in 2016

     

    Bundaberg Saddletail Snapper Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Saddletail Snapper

    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 Saddletail Snapper:

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

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed