Barred Javelin are a popular food species with some fishers targeting them for sport. They grow larger than the bream species and produce bigger fillets.

  • 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 0.23 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 6th in the state for Barred Javelin catch rates
    • Not targeted commercially


    Quality of the Fish

    • An average length of 386mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • Cairns ranked 12th in the State for the average length of Barred Javelin 


    Community Attitudes

    • 87% of fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were released
    • 80% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Cairns ranked 3rd in the state for the number of fish released
  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    • Boyne Tannum hookup catch rate between 1.2 and 1.6 fish/fisher/day
    • 95% of Yellowfin Bream in the Boyne Tannum Hookup will be between 270 and 290mm
    • Recruitment is likely to be moderate


    Heavy harvesting of Bream is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. Evidence from the Qld Fisheries boat ramp surveys suggests that most fish are released but with only a single year of data, this will need to be assessed as additional data is collected.

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

  • 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 Cairns report catching Barred Javelin with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Barred Javelin were the 5th most commonly reported species in Cairns in 2017
    • An average length of 396mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.23 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 87% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • The peak period for Barred Javelin catches in 2017 was during May


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Barred Javelin as a Sports Species

    Barred Javelin are a prized sports species in most locations across Queensland. No Barred Javelin have been reported in Cairns in 2018 so far

    A snapshot of Sportsfishers catch data is available:

    Local Sportfishers

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Barred Javelin Recruitment

    Barred Javelin recruitment in Cairns is not assessed directly however, any data collected during Bream and Barramundi recruitment surveys is recorded.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Barred Javelin

    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 Barred Javelin:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Barred Javelin are caught throughout the Gladstone region. Recreationally, they are targeted rivers, creeks and inshore areas (grids S30 and S31). Barred Javelin are not commercially targeted in Gladstone.