School Mackerel are a popular food species when in season and can be targeted inshore and often land based as well.

  • 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 0.33 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 9th in the state for School Mackerel Catch Rates
    • No Commercial catch data has been reported since 2014


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 554mm in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 7th in the State for the average length of School Mackerel 


    Community Attitudes

    • 67% of fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were released
    • 77% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Cairns ranked 5th 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 School Mackerel with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • School Mackerel were commonly reported in Cairns in 2017, ranking 13th
    • An average size of 554mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.33 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 67% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • The peak periods for School Mackerel catches in 2017 were during May and August


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    School Mackerel as a Sports Species

    No School Mackerel Have been reported bysportfishers 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 had been reported for School Mackerel since 2014. 


    Cairns School Mackerel Commercial Catch Dashboard



  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of School Mackerel Recruitment

    School Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Cairns.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of School 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 School Mackerel:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Yellowfin Bream and Pikey Bream 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.