GLADSTONE CRIMSON SNAPPER 2018

Crimson Snapper are a popular food species and are the most commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore activity for reef species around Gladstone is conducted by recreational fishers.

  • 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

     

    Fishing Experience

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reports catch rate of 1.25 fish/fisher/day
    • Crimson Snapper were not commonly reported (18th most common at boat ramp surveys
    • Slight decrease in Commercial Catch Rates, increasing from 5 kg/day (2015) to 2.3kg/day (2017 Incomplete)

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys 482 mm
    • Gladstone Ranked 5th in the State for size of Crimson Snapper but due to small sample size there is high uncertainty in that ranking.

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 75% of fish reported at Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys are released
    • Gladstone has the 5th highest rate of released fish in the state but due to small sample size there is high uncertainty in that ranking.
    • 100% of fishers surveyed were local

     

  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    Crimson Snapper are a small portion of the offshore catch for all species off Gladstone. Limited data makes full assessment difficult. Without clear evidence of stocks, some caution should be exercised on harvest.

    It should be noted that the longest term dataset Yaralla Deep Sea Club indicates that long term catch rates can be variable ranging from 0.6 fish/fisher/day in 2013 to 6.2 in 2003.

    Heavy harvesting of Crimson Snapper is not recommended, but take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. 

  • Forecast

    Forecast

     

    • Catch rates will be in a similar range in 2018 (+20 - -20%)
    • Average size of fish is likely to be similar in 2018 (Average 480mm)
    • Recruitment is unknown

     

  • Capreef

    Capreef

    Summary

    Capreef monitoring comprised surveys conducted between 2006-2009 on the local attitudes and experiences when it comes to the offshore fishing experience.  The baseline established by Capreef provides context for assessments a decade later.

    In examining the recreational catch over the past 3 years Longfin Rockcod was the most caught species (19%) while Coral Trout was the most likely species to be kept (85%) and Grass Emperor was the most numerous kept species. School Mackerel was the most caught species inshore, Longfin Rockcod around the islands, Hussar at the Wide Grounds and Redthroat Emperor on the offshore reefs.

    Changes in size limits in 2004 have reduced the proportion of fish kept to less than 1% for Longfin Rockcod and 16% for Red Emperor while for Red Snapper and Redthroat Emperor over 55% are usually kept.

    Read the Capreef Report

     

     

     

  • Qld FIsheries Boat Ramp Surveys 

    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 Gladstone regularly report catching Crimson Snappr with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Crimson Snapper was not a commonly reported species, ranking 18th for Gladstone (40 fish)
    • The average size of fish measured was 482mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 1.25 fish per day
    • 75% of fish reported are released
    • Peak period of April.

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Gladstone Sportfishing lub

    Crimson Snapper are targeted by sportfishers for much the same reason as other groups - take home for a feed. As sportfishers practice catch and release for their key estuary targets, offshore represents the opportunity to bring back a feed of fish for the family.

    • Gladstone Sportfishing Club catch rate of TBA fish/fisher/day
    • 2017 Gladstone Sportfishing Club average fish size was TBA mm

     

    NOTE DATA IS STILL UNDER REVIEW AND UPDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL

    A detailed snapshot of tagging by the Gladstone Sportfishing Club and Suntaggers is available:

    Gladstone Sportfishing Club Results

     

  • 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 Crimson Snapper in Gladstone (S30,S31,T30,T31,U30,U31,V30,V31,W30,W31,X30,X31) represents 0.24% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Crimson Snapper are not a target species
    • Commercial Catch rate is down from 5kg/fisher/day in 2015 to 2.73kg/fisher/day
    • Number of active licenses has been ranged from 7-11 in the past decade.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 is 0.03T (data incomplete), 0.07T in 2016.

     

    Gladstone Crimson Snapper Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Crimson Snapper Recruitment

    No data is available currently on crimson snapper Recruitment.

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Crimson Snapper

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Capreef Report 2009
    • Gladstone Sportfishing Club
    • Yaralla Deep Sea Fishing Club
    • Queensland Fisheries

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Crimson Snapper:

    Boyne Tannum Hookup 2016 Report
    Yaralla Deep Sea Fishing Club 2017 Assessment
    Capreef Report 2009
    Gladstone Sportfishing Club
    Gladstone Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    Gladstone Queensland Fisheries Commercial Data

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Offshore catch monitoring is more difficult than inshore as each of the monitoring agencies define different boundaries around fishing areas. These boundaries can overlap with other regions.   Fishers from Gladstone for example fish offshore from Rockhampton. Commercially Grids included in the assessment: S30,S31,T30,T31,U30,U31,V30,V31,W30,W31,X30,X31 (Gladstone).