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 0.13 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Hinchinbrook ranked 14th in the state for School Mackerel Catch Rates
- Commercial catch rate decreased in 2017 (14.9 kg/fisher/day) from 29.8 kg/fisher/day in 2016.
Quality of the Fish
- 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 535mm in 2017
- Hinchinbrook ranked 13th in the State for the average length of School Mackerel
- 69% of fish reported by recreational fishers in the 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys were kept
- 85% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
- Hinchinbrook ranked 12th in the state for the number of fish released
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
- Boyne Tannum hookup catch rate between 1.2 and 1.6 fish/fisher/day
- 95% of Yellowfin Bream in the Boyne Tannum Hookup will be between 270 and 290mm
- Recruitment is likely to be moderate
Heavy harvesting of Bream is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. Evidence from the Qld Fisheries boat ramp surveys suggests that most fish are released but with only a single year of data, this will need to be assessed as additional data is collected.
NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.
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 Hinchinbrook report catching School Mackerel with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- School Mackerel were not commonly reported in Hinchinbrook in 2017, ranking 20th
- An average size of 535mm was reported by fishers in 2017
- Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.13 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- 69% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
- The peak period for School Mackerel catches in 2017 was during August
School Mackerel as a Sports Species
No School Mackerel Have been reported bysportfishers in Hinchinbrook in 2018, so far.
A snapshot of Sportsfishers catch data is available:
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 School Mackerel in Hinchinbrook represented 0.89% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.
- Commercial Catch rate decreased in 2017 (14.9kg/fisher/day) from 29.8kg/fisher/day in 2016
- Number of active licenses has fluctuated between 8 and 15 in the past decade with 12 active in 2017
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.6T, compared to 1.19T in 2016
Monitoring of School Mackerel Recruitment
School Mackerel recruitment is not currently assessed in Hinchinbrook.
Monitoring of School 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 School Mackerel: