BUNDABERG YELLOWFIN BREAM 2018

Yellowfin Bream are a popular food species particularly for family fishers as they are common and take a variety of baits.

  • 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

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Bundaberg ranked 4th in the state for Bream Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.02 kg/fisher/day and 6.67 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was 272mm in 2017
    • Bundaberg  ranked 7th in the State for size of Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.54T, compared to 2.72T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 61% of all legal size Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • Bundaberg ranked 10th in the state for the number of fish released
    • 74% of the total catch in 2017 was reported by locals

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Yellowfin Bream are the second most commonly targetted species in the estuary (after mud crabs) and theyhave one of the poorest release rates in the state indicating that they are an important food species for locals.   Catch rates and fish sizes remain favourable relative to other regions despite fishing pressure.  Increasing fishing pressure will likely degrade current fishing experiences.

    Bream are a target for Commercial fishers, though Bundaberg is a relatively small fishery with around 1-2% of the total state catch.

     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 - 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 regularly report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Yellowfin Bream was the 3rd most commonly reported species in Bundaberg in 2017
    • The average length of bream in 2017 was 272mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 61% of Bream reported in 2017 were released
    • 74% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Peak period for bream catch rates in 2017 were during April and May

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Yellowfin Bream are a sports species in South East Queensland where the opportunity to compete in the ABT Bream Tournaments is a motivator for fishers to develop their Bream fishing skills. In Gladstone, Bream are not considered a sports species with limted catches of Bream by Sportsfishers being reported each year. None the less, catches are tracked and if members of the community wish to participated in data collection we would encourage contacting Infofish Australia.

    • Local Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 3.78 fish/fisher/day in 2018, so far
    • The most common length reported in 2018 are fish in the 251-300mm size range
    • 82% of the total catch in 2018 have been undersize fish with the remaining 18% being legal size fish. No trophy fish have been reported yet.


    A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers 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 Pikey Bream in Bundaberg (see Area Fished section) represented 1.73% of the statewide catching 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.02 kg/fisher/day and 6.67 kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has ranged between 18 and 33 over the last decade with 22 licences active in 2017.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.54T, compared to 2.72T in 2016

     

    Bundaberg Yellowfin Bream Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    Bream recruitment monitoring is scheduled to commence in 2018.

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Local Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Both specie of Bream are caught in the estuary, creek and nearshore areas of the Bundaberg region. Recreationally and Commercially they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids T31, T32, U32 and V32).