CAIRNS PIKEY BREAM 2018

Pikey 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 reports catch rate of 0.4 fish/fisher/day
    • Cairns ranked 5th in the state for Pikey Bream Catch Rates in 2017

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 280mm
    • 74% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Cairns ranked 3rd in the State for average size of Pikey Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 87% of Pikey Bream reported in Cairns were released in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 3rd in the state in 2017 for the number of fish released

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    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 almost all fish are released.  This indicates fishers are targetting other species and Bream is a bycatch.

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

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    • Catch rates likely to improve 10-30%
    • Legal fish will most likely be in the range 260-300mm
    • Recruitment is likely to be moderate(but may be up on previous years)

     

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

    • Pikey Bream was the 4th most commonly reported species in Cairns in 2017
    • An average size 280mm for Pikey Bream was reported in 2017
    • Recreational fishers reported a catch rate of 0.4 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 87% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 74% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Peak periods for Pikey Bream catches in 2017 were during May, July and August

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Pikey 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 skills. In Cairns Bream are not considered a sports species with limited catches of bream during the year reported by Sportsfishers. None the less catches are tracked and if members of the community wish to participated in data collection we would encourage contacting Infofish Australia.

    • A Catch Rate of 1 fish/fisher/day was reported by Sportfishers in 2017.
    • The catch mix in 2017 was dominated by undersize fish (67%) followed by legal fish (33%). No trophy bream were reported.

     

    A snapshot of local sportfishers / Suntaggers catch data is available:

    Cairns Sportfishers

     

  • Commercial Fishing

    Commercial Fishing Catch

    Pikey Bream are not targeted by commercial fishers and are usually caught as by-catch. As such, insufficient data exists for this assessment.

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    The annual recruitment of Pikey Bream is not monitored in Cairns.

     

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Suntag

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Pikey Bream are found throughout the Cairns region in the Estuary and Inshore beach areas.