HINCHINBROOK YELLOWFIN BREAM 2018

Yellowfin 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 reported a catch rate of 0.001 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 13th for Bream Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 8.78kg/fisher/day and 8.07kg/fisher/day reported, respectively

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was 270mm in 2017
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 9th in the State for size of Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.92T, compared to 1.08T in 2016.

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 50% of Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • Hinchinbrook ranked 11th in the state for the number of fish released
    • 100% of the total catch in 2017 was reported by visitors (2 fish)

     

  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Yellowfin Bream are reported as an incidental catch and not targetted by commercials. No assessment can be made on available data but we advise moderation and taking only what is needed for immediate consumption.

  • Forecast

    Forecast

    Not enough data is available to make a forecast.

  • 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 regularly report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Yellowfin Bream was not commonly reported in Hinchinbrook in 2017, ranking 34th
    • The average length of bream in 2017 was 270mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.001 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 50% of Bream reported in 2017 were released
    • 100% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by visitors (2 fish)

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Yellowfin 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 fishing skills. In Hinchinbrook, Bream are not considered a sports species with limted catches of Bream by Sportsfishers being reported each year. None the less, catches are tracked and if members of the community wish to participated in data collection we would encourage contacting Infofish Australia.

    • Local Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 0.5 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • The most common length reported in 2017 was a single fish in the 301-350mm size range 


    A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers 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 Yellowfin 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.

     

    Bundaberg Yellowfin Bream Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    Bream recruitment monitoring is scheduled to commence in 2018.

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Local Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

     

    Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Survey Monitoring Dashboard

    Queensland Fisheries Commercial Catch Monitoring Dashboard

     

     

     

  • Fishing Area

    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.