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)
- Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 1.13 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Crimson Snapper were commonly reported (3rd most common at boat ramp surveys)
- Hinchinbrook ranked 6th in the state for catch rate in 2017
- An increase in Commercial Catch Rates, from 9.07kg/day in 2016 to 20.5kg/day in 2017 was reported.
Quality of the Fish
- 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 408mm in 2017
- Hinchinbrook ranked 12th in the State for size of Crimson Snapper in 2017 however, due to small sample size there is some uncertainty in that ranking
- 91% of fish reported in Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys were released
- 70% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
- Hinchinbrook ranked 1st in the state for the number of fish released in 2017
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
Crimson Snapper are a popular offshore species and are the 6th most common fish reported at boat ramps in 2017. Longer term data is required to determine if fishing levels are sustainable, moderation is advised.
Heavy harvesting of Crimson Snapper is not recommended, but a moderate take for immediate consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data.
- Catch rates for Visitors should be similar to 2017 (0.5-0.7 fish/fisher/trip)
- Most Legal fish will be between 350mm and 500mm
- Recruitment is unknown
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 Hinchinbrook regularly report catching Crimson Snapper with a large proportion of legal size fish being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Crimson Snapper was the 6th most commonly reported species in Hinchinbrook in 2017.
- The average size of Crimson Snapper measured in 2017 was 408mm
- Recreational Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.13 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- 91% of fish reported in 2017 were released
- Peak period for Crimson Snapper catches in 2017 was during March and June
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.
- Local Sporfishers have reported a catch rate of 0.2 fish/fisher/day in 2018, so far
- data poor
A detailed snapshot of local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:Local Sportfishers / Suntaggers
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 Rockhampton (refer Area Fished section) represents 9.94% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.
- Crimson Snapper are generally not a commercially targeted species
- Commercial Catch rate increased from 9.07kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 20.5kg/fisher/day in 2017
- Number of active licenses has ranged from 10-20 in the past decade with 19 active in 2017
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 1.23T, compared to 0.49T in 2016
Monitoring of Crimson Snapper Recruitment
No data is available currently on Crimson Snapper recruitment.
Monitoring of Crimson Snapper
Data for this assessment has been sourced from:
- Bureau of Meterology
- Queensland Fisheries
- Suntag / Local Sportfishers
Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Crimson Snapper: