Saddletail Snapper are a popular food species and are a commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore fishing for reef species around Hinchinbrook is conducted by recreational fishers.

  • 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 (the number of legal size fish kept or released)


    Fishing Experience

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reports catch rate of 0.6 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Saddletail Snapper were commonly reported (9th most common at boat ramp surveys)
    • Increase in Commercial Catch Rates, increasing from 33.2kg/day in 2016 to 70.7kg/day in 2017


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 521mm in 2017
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 7th in the State for size of Saddletail Snapper but due to small sample size some uncertainty of this ranking exists.


    Community Attitudes

    • 70% of fish reported at Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys in 2017 were released
    • Hinchinbrook has the 4th highest rate of released fish in the state 
    • 62% of the total catch were reported by visitors


  • Assessment

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    Saddletail Snapper are a popular offshore species and are the 9th 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. 


  • Forecast


    • Catch rates for Visitors will be similar to 2017 (0.5-0.7 fish/fisher/day)
    • Most legal fish will be in the size range 350mm-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 report catching Saddletail Snappr with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Saddletail Snapper was a commonly reported species, ranking 9th in Hinchinbrook in 2017
    • The average size of fish measured in 2017 was 521mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.6 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 70% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • Peak periods for Saddletail Snapper catches in 2017 was during June


    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 commercial catch of Saddletail Snapper in Hinchinbrook (see Area Fished Section) represented 15,8% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate increased from 33.2kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 70.7kg/fisher/day in 2017
    • The number of active licenses has ranged from 7and 28 over the past decade with 22 licenses active in 2017
    • Commercial Catch in 2017 was 9.61T, compared to 5.38T in 2016.


    Hinchinbrook Saddletail Snapper Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Saddletail 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.

    • Patchy data


    A snapshot of local Sportfishers (Suntag) data is available:

    Local Sportfishers / Suntag


  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Saddletail Snapper Recruitment

    No data is available currently on Crimson Snapper recruitment.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Saddletail Snapper

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers / Suntaggers


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

    Local Sportfishers / Suntaggers
    Hinchinbrook Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    Hinchinbrook 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. For this assessment commercial grids I19-M19 and I20-M20 were used.