Venus Tuskfish are a prized sport and food species.

  • 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 1.5 fish/fisher/day
    • Bundaberg ranked 3rd in the state for Venus Tuskfish Catch Rates
    • No commercial data available


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 341mm 
    • Bundaberg ranked 9th in the State for size of Venus Tuskfish


    Community Attitudes

    • 58% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 62% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • Bundaberg ranked 6th in the state in 2017 for the number of fish released


  • Assesment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Most of the Venus Tuskfish fishing effort comes from visiting fishers. Most of this effort is concentrated off and around Seventeen-Seventy. Release rates for Venus Tuskfish are one of the lowest in the state.

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

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

  • 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 report catching Venus Tuskfish with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • An average length of 341mm was reported in 2017
    • 58% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 62% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The peak period in 2017 for Venus Tuskfish catches was during June


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Venus Tuskfish 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.




    A detailed snapshot of tagging by the Gladstone Sportfishing Club and Suntaggers is available:

    Local Sportfishers


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Redthroat Emperor

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

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


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Venus Tuskfish:

    Local Sportfishers
    Bundaberg Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Venus Tuskfish are targeted in inshore areas (Grids T31 and U31, U32 and V32) of Bundaberg by recreational and sportsfishers but not commercially.