School Mackerel are a popular food species when in season and can be targeted inshore and often land based as well.

  • 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 reported a catch rate of 0.38 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 8th in the state for School Mackerel Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (21.7 kg/fisher/day) from 29.5 kg/fisher/day in 2016


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 569mm in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 6th in the State for the average length of School Mackerel 
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.63T, compared to 2.33T in 2016


    Community Attitudes

    • 51% of legal size fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were released
    • 73% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Bundaberg ranked 7th in the state for the number of fish released
  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    School Mackerel are targetted throughout the year in Bundaberg but are not reported in large numbers.  Catch rates are 8th in the state, with average size of fish 6th in the state at 570.  Commercial fishers also target School Mackerel, making up around 2.5% of the state catch in 2017.  

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

  • 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 report catching School Mackerel with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • School Mackerel were commonly reported in Bundaberg in 2017, ranking 15th
    • An average size of 569mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.38fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 51% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • Peak period for School Mackerel catches in 2017 was during February


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    School Mackerel as a Sports Species

    No School Mackerel Have been reported bysportfishers in Bundaberg in 2018, so far.


    A snapshot of Sportsfishers 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 School Mackerel in Bundaberg represented 2.39% of the statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (21.7 kg/fisher/day) from 29.5 kg/fisher/day in 2016
    • Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 12 and 19 in the past decade with 13 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.63T, compared to 2.33T in 2016


    Bundaberg School Mackerel Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of School Mackerel Recruitment

    School Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Bundaberg.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of School Mackerel

    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 School Mackerel:

  • 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.