HINCHINBROOK BARRAMUNDI 2018

Barramundi are a popular local sports species.

  • 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

    • T20 Fishers (Sportfishers) catch rate 1.45 fish/fisher/day in 2017 
    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reports catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 7th in the state for Barramundi catches based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • An increase in Barramundi Commercial Catch Rates from 39.8kg/day in 2016 to 50.5kg/day in 2017 was reported

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • The most commonly reported size of Barramundi in 2017 by T20 Fishers (Sportfishers) were fish in the 501-600mm size range
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 11th in the State for size of Barramundi (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys) however, due to the small sample this ranking may be biased

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported 83% of Barramundi caught in 2017 were released
    • 70% of the total Barramundi catch were caught by visitors to the area
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 3rd in the state for the release rate of fish

     

     

  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    NOTE: Limited take means recommended no more than 2 fish between 60cm-1m.

    Locals have concerns over Barramundi numbers and stocking is conducted annually.  Hinchinbrook has significant visitor traffic which is valued, given the net free zone fishing conditions should be stronger.  Better fishing is in the interests of locals and visitors alike.

    Visitors to Hinchinbrook are advised to only take fish for immediate consumption

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    • Catch rates for visitors will be similar to 2017 (0.30-0.34 fish/fisher/day)
    • Sportsfishers catch rates will also be similar to 2017 (1.2-1.6 fish/fisher/day)
    • Most fish will be in the 500-700mm size range

     

  • Sportfishers

    Barramundi as a Sports Species

    Barramundi are most commonly targetted by Sportfishers in Hinchinbrook.

    • Local Sporftishers reported a catch rate of 1.51 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Most Barramundi reported in 2017 (28 fish) were in the 501-600mm size range

     

    A snapshot of Barramundi reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

    Local Sportfishers

  • 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. Recreational fishers in Hinchinbrook reported catching Barramundi, with a 88% being released in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a total of 171 Barramundi caught in 2017
    • A Catch Rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day was reported in 2017
    • An average length of 662mm was reported in 2017
    • 83% of Barramundi caught in 2017 were released
    • 70% of all Barramundi reported were caught by visitors 
    • Highest monthly Catch Rate for Barramundi in 2017 was during August

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • 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 2017 commercial catch of Barramundi in Hinchinbrook (see Area Fished section) contributed 2.8% to the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • An increase in Barramundi Commercial Catch Rates from 39.8kg/day in 2016 to 50.5kg/day in 2017 was reported
    • Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 10 and 24 over the past decade, with 10 active in 2017
    • An increase in Commercial catch was reported in 2017 (25.7T) from 19.8T 2016
    Hinchinbrook Barramundi Commercial Catch Dashboard

  • Tourism

    Importance of Barramundi to Tourism

    Barramundi and Mangrove Jack are a tourism drawcard for sports fishers in Hinchinbrook.

    Several charter operators target Barramundi servicing locals and visitors to the area.

     

     
  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Barramundi Recruitment

    Barramundi recruitment is not currently monitored around Hinchinbrook.

     

     

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Barramundi

    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 Barramundi:

  • Area Fished

    Area Assessed

    Barramundi are caught throughout the Hinchinbrook region. Commercial catches are assessed on Grids I19 and I20 which includes the Hinchbrook Channel net free zone.