Grey Mackerel are a popular food species when in season.

  • 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 4 Grey Mackerel in 2017 with a catch rate of 0.01 fish/fisher/day
    • Cairns ranked 10th in the state for the catch rate of Grey Mackerel
    • Commercial Catch not reported since 2015


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 565mm in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 9th in the State for size of Grey Mackerel however, due to only four fish being reported, this ranking is unreliable


    Community Attitudes

    • No Grey Mackerel were reported by recreational or sport fishers in 2017
  • 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 few Grey Mackerel with half being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Grey Mackerel were one of the least commonly reported species in Cairns in 2017, ranking 32nd
    • An average length of 565mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.01 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 50% of fish reported in 2017 were kept


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Grey Mackerel as a Sports Species

    No Grey Mackerel have been reported by sportfishers in Cairns 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. No commercial catch data has been reported in Cairns since 2015.


    Cairns Grey Mackerel Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Grey Mackerel Recruitment

    Grey Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Cairns.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Grey 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 Grey Mackerel:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Grey Mackerel are caught throughout the Gladstone region. Commercially they are targetted in Grids S30,S31 (Gladstone) as well as T30,T31 (Rodds Bay) which are not included as that also covers Agnes Waters/1770.