MACKAY 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 0.57 fish/fisher/day
    • Mackay ranked 6th in the state for Pikey Bream Catch Rates in 2017
    • Slight decline in Bream Commercial Catch Rates, dropping from 10.2kg/day in 2016 to 9.4kg/day in 2017

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 276mm
    • Mackay ranked 4th in the State for average size of Pikey Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 76% of Pikey Bream reported in 2017 were released
    • 68% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Mackay ranked 7th in the state for the number of fish released 

     

  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    • Boyne Tannum hookup catch rate between 1.2 and 1.6 fish/fisher/day (both bream species combined)
    • 95% of Pikey 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 Mackay regularly report catching Pikey Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Pikey Bream was the 4th most commonly reported species in Mackay in 2017
    • Average size of Pikey Bream measured in 2017 was 276mm
    • Recreational fishers reported a catch rate of 0.3 fish per day in 2017
    • 76% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 68% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Peak periods for Pikey Bream catches were during April and June in 2017

     

    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 Mackay, 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 0.9 fish/fisher/day was reported by Sportfishers in 2017.
    • 85% of the 2017 catch were legal in size

     

    A snapshot of tagging results (Suntaggers) is available:

    Gladstone Sportfishing Club Results

     

  • 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 Mackay (maps ) represents 0.52% share of the total statewide catch. Yellowfin and Pikey Bream catches have been combined for Commercial Catch analysis. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate is down slightly from 10.1kg/fisher/day in 2015 to 9.4kg/fisher/day
    • Number of active licenses in 2017 was the lowest, with 10 active, over the past decade, 
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.47T, compared to 0.71T in 2016.

     

    Mackay Bream Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    The annual recruitment of Pikey Bream is not monitored in Mackay.

     

     

  • 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

    Yellowfin Bream and Pikey Bream are caught throughout the Mackay region. Recreationally, they are targeted in inshore areas (map grids N24 and O24 to O26). Commercially, they are targeted in offshore area (map grids O24, O25 and O26 to X24, X25 and X26). It should be noted that grid N24 covers most of the Mackay net free zone.