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 0.15 fish/fisher/day
- Mackay ranked 8th in the state for Bream Catch Rates
- Slight decline in Commercial Catch Rates, dropping from 10.1kg/day (2016) to 9.4kg/day (2017)
Quality of the Fish
- Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was 270.9mm in 2017
- Mackay ranked 8th in the State for size of Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)
- 77% of all legal size Bream reported in Mackay were released
- The larger average size indicates pressure on the species is lower in Mackay than in Southern Regions
- Mackay ranked 4th in the state for the number of Yellowfin Bream released
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
- 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 Mackay regularly report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Yellowfin Bream was the 17th most commonly reported species in Mackay in 2017
- The average size of bream in 2017 was 270.9mm
- Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.15 fish/fisher/day
- 77% of Bream in 2017 were released
- 70% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by locals
- Peak period in 2017 was during May
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 Gladstone, 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.
- Yellowfin Bream catch rate of 1.09 fish/fisher/day has been reported by Sportfishers so far in 2018
A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers 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 Bream in Mackay (maps N24, O24, O25 and O26) represents 0.52% share of the total statewide catch. Catch is the combined total of Yellowfin and Pikey Bream. 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 continues to drop with 10 active in 2017
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.47T, compared to 0.71T in 2016.
Monitoring of Bream Recruitment
Bream recruitment is not monitored in Mackay.