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 reports catch rate of 0.9 fish/fisher/day
- Mackay ranked 7th in the state for Venus Tuskfish Catch Rates
- No commercial data available
Quality of the Fish
- 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 380mm in 2017
- Mackay ranked 2nd in the State for size of Venus Tuskfish (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - 40 fish minimum)
- 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys average fish sizes are the best among northern locations.
- 88% of Venus Tuskfish caught in 2017 were released
- Mackay ranked 2nd in the state for the number Venus Tuskfish released
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
Venus Tuskfish catch rates are number 1 in the state and there are no reported issues for the species. This however is relative to current effort. Maintianing the current community harvest attitudes to the species is appropriate to maintaining the health of catch rates over the longer term.
- Catch rates should remain steady with little change on 2017.
- Average size of fish is likely to be similar in 2018 (Average 349mm)
- 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 Mackay report catching Venus Tuskfish with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Venus Tuskfish was ranked 28th for species reported in Mackay in 2017
- An average length of 380mm was reported in 2017
- Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.9 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- 88% of fish reported in 2017 were released
Gladstone Sportfishing Club
Venus Tuskfish 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.
- NOTE OFFSHORE DATA IS STILL UNDER REVIEW, UPDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL.
A detailed snapshot of tagging by the Gladstone Sportfishing Club and Suntaggers is available:Local Sportfishers
Monitoring of Venus Tuskfish Recruitment
No data is available currently on Venus Tuskfish Recruitment.
Offshore catch monitoring is more difficult than inshore as each of the monitoring agencies define different boundaries around fishing areas. These boundaries can overlap with other regions. Fishers from Gladstone for example fish offshore from Rockhampton. Commercially Grids included in the assessment: S30,S31,T30,T31,U30,U31,V30,V31,W30,W31,X30,X31 (Gladstone).