HINCHINBROOK PIKEY BREAM 2018

Pikey Bream are a popular food species particularly for family fishers as they are common and take a variety of baits.

  • 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 reports catch rate of 0.4 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 3rd in the state for Pikey Bream Catch Rates in 2017

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 260mm
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 10th in the State for average size of Pikey Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 80% of Pikey Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 9th in the state for the number of fish released
    • 83% of the Pikey Bream catch were reported by visitors

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

     Pikey Bream are regularly reported in Hinchinbrook with most effort from visitors.  It is likely that Pikey Bream are a bycatch when targetting Barred Javelin.  Hinchbrook had the 3rd best catch rate but the 11th best average size for measured fish.

    While there are no obvious issues for Pikey Bream we advise moderation and taking only what is needed for immediate consumption.

     

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    •  Catch rates for Visitors will be similar to 2017 (0.3-0.6 Fish/Fisher/Trip)
    • Most Legal fish will be in the size range 250-300mm
    • Recruitment is unknown
  • 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 Bundaberg regularly report catching Pikey Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Pikey Bream was the 3rd most commonly reported species in Hinchinbrook in 2017
    • An average size 260mm for Pikey Bream was reported in 2017
    • Recreational fishers reported a catch rate of 0.4 fish per day in 2017
    • 80% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • The peak period for Pikey Bream catches in 2017 was during June
    • 83% of the Pikey Bream catch was reported by visitors

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Pikey Bream are a sports species in South East Queensland where the opportunity to compete in the ABT Bream Tournaments is a motivator for fishers to develop their bream skills. In Cairns Bream are not considered a sports species with limited catches of bream during the year reported by Sportsfishers. None the less catches are tracked and if members of the community wish to participated in data collection we would encourage contacting Infofish Australia.

    • A Catch Rate of 1.39 fish/fisher/day was reported by Sportfishers in 2017
    • The catch mix in 2017 was dominated by legal fish (70%) with the remainder being undersize fish
    • The most commonly reported length was fish in the 251-300 size range

     

    A snapshot of local sportfishers / Suntaggers 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 Pikey Bream in Hinchinbrook (see Area Fished section) represented 1.03% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.78kg/fisher/day and 8.07kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has ranged between 9 and 16 over the last decade with 10 licences active in 2017.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.92T, compared to 1.08T in 2016.

     

    Hinchinbrook Pikey Bream Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    The annual recruitment of Pikey Bream is not monitored in Bundaberg but is scheduled to begin in 2018.

     

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Suntag

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

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