Coral Trout are a prized food species for locals and visitors.

  • 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 0.3 fish/fisher/day
    • Rockhampton ranked 12th in the state for Common Coral Trout Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch Rates were similar between 2016 and 2017 with 20.7 kg/day in 2016 to 20.4 kg/day in 2017


    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 453mm in 2017
    • Rockhampton ranked 10th in the State for size of Common Coral Trout (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 40 fish reported)


    Community Attitudes

    • 62% of fish reported in Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys in 2017 were kept
    • 71% of reported fish were caught by visitors
    • Rockhampton was ranked 9th in the state in 2017 for number of released fish 


  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Grass Emperor catch rates are in the top 5 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 continue to improve in 2018 (+10-+30%)
    • Average size of fish is likely to be similar in 2018 (Average 359mm)
    • 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 Rockhampton regularly report catching Common Coral Trout with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Common Coral Trout is the 12th most commonly reported species
    • An average size of 453mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.39 fish/fisher/day
    • 62% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 71% of fish were reported by visitors
    • Peak period for catch rates in 2017 was during August


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard



  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Common Coral Trout 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.

    • Local Sportfishers reported a catch rate of 1 fish/fisher/day in 2012


    A detailed snapshot of Sportfisher / Suntaggers data is available:

    Rockhampton 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 Common Coral Trout in Rockhampton (see Area Fished section) represented 0.7% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rates were similar between 2016 and 2017, with 20.7kg/fisher/day 20.4kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has been between 21-28 over the past decade with 28 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 5.53T, compared to 4.64T in 2016



    Rockhampton Common Coral Trout Commercial Catch Dashboard



  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Common Coral Trout Recruitment

    No data is available currently on Common Coral Trout recruitment.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Common Coral Trout

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Suntagger / Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Common Coral Trout:

    Rockhampton Sportfishers / Suntaggers
    Rockhampton Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys

    Rockhampton Queensland Fisheries Commercial Data


  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    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).