GLADSTONE GREY MACKEREL 2018

Grey Mackerel are a popular food species when in season.

  • 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 reported a catch rate of 0.04 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Gladstone ranked 4th in the state for Grey Mackerel Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (20.2kg/fisher/day) from 37.5kg/fisher/day in 2016

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 615mm in 2017
    • Gladstone ranked 8th in the State for size of Grey Mackerel however, due to only three fish being reported, this ranking is unreliable
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.25T, compared to 3.94T in 2016

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 67% of legal size fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were kept
    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Gladstone ranked 9th across the state for the number of fish released
  • Assessment

    Insufficient Data

    Not enough Grey Mackerel are reported in Bundaberg to make an assessment. Small numbers of Grey Mackerel are reported in Commercial Catches.

  • Forecast

    Forecasting

    Forecasting for Bundaberg will be completed and available for the 2018/19 financial year.

  • 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 Gladstone report catching few Grey Mackerel with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Grey Mackerel were one of the least commonly reported species in Gladstone in 2017, ranking 34th
    • An average size of 615mm was reported by fishers in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.04 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 67% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • The peak period for Grey Mackerel catches in 2017 was during April

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Grey Mackerel as a Sports Species

    No Grey Mackerel have been reported by sportfishers in Gladstone in 20178, 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. The commercial catch of Grey Mackerel in Gladstone represented 0.17% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (20.2kg/fisher/day) from 37.5kg/fisher/day in 2016
    • Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 5-19 in the past decade with 10 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.25T, compared to 3.94T in 2016

     

    Gladstone Grey Mackerel Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Grey Mackerel Recruitment

    Grey Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Gladstone.

     

  • 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.