ROCKHAMPTON 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 reported a catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Rockhampton ranked 7th in the state for Pikey Bream Catch Rates
    • Sportfishers report a Catch Rate of 0.4 fish/fisher/day so far in 2018.

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 271mm
    • Rockhampton ranked 7th in the State for 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 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys were released
    • 45% of fish reported were caught by visitors
    • The release rate for Pikey Bream (ranked 11th) is lower than for Yellowfin Bream in Rockhampton

     

  • 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 Rockhampton regularly report catching Bream with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Pikey Bream was the 5th most commonly reported species in Rockhampton in 2017
    • An average length of 271mm was reported for Pikey Bream in the Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys, in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.3 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 76% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 45% of fish reported were caught by visitors
    • Peak periods for Pikey Bream catches in 2017 were during May, July and October.

     

    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 bream skills. In Rockhampton, Bream are not considered a sports species with limited catches reported during the year 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.

    • Sportfishers have reported a catch rate of 0.46 fish/fisher/day so far in 2018
    • The most commonly reported length so far, are fish in the 251-300mm size range

     

    A detailed snapshot of Sportfishers / Suntaggers catch data is available:

    Local Sportfishers /Suntaggers

     

  • Commercial Fishing

  • Tourism

    Importance of Bream to Tourism

    Bream are not specifically a tourism drawcard but along with Whiting and Flathead, they are an important species for any family visitors. Family visitors are more likely to target species that are easier to locate in a short space of time.

     

    Max, 4, Cody, 2 and Jack Cusack, 7- Fishing frenzy as the 2015 Boyne Tannum HookUp gets underway. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    Recruitment is the success rate of juvenile fish surviving past the larval state. Bream Recruitment is monitored by the Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership. An extract of the current assessment is included below. A report on the development of the report card is available on the crystal-bowl website 2017 Report Card Details on Bream Recruitment.

     

    For full details visit the Report Card website : http://ghhp.org.au/report-cards/2017/environmental.

     

    Recruitment plays a key role in a fishery population, and the size distribution of fish gives an indication of bream successfully reaching and surpassing the juvenile stage.

    There are no external criteria available to set baseline levels for fish recruitment therefore the scores were constructed with respect to internal criteria, derived objectively from the data itself.

    A score of 0.50 equates to a year (season) at the median reference level, indicating no increase or decrease in the catch rate from the long term average. The 2017 score of 0.71 (B) for fish recruitment means that there is an increased catch rate relative to the median reference level. In other words, the model identified that the 2016-2017 season had a higher bream recruitment rate after correcting for a number of important environmental and temporal variables.

    Note that variation in juvenile bream catch between years may be partly due to natural population cycles so care should be taken in interpreting results.

    The overall harbour grade for the 2016-17 season was a B, which indicates good bream recruitment. This is a marked improvement relative to the 2015-16 season. All zones showed increased recruitment with only three zones reflecting poor-satisfactory recruitment (Graham creek, Boat Creek, Inner Harbour).

    2017 Technical Report Extract Bream and Crabs

  • 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 Gladstone region. Commercially they are targetted in Grids S30,S31 (Gladstone) as well as T30,T31 (Rodds Bay) which are not included as that also covers Agnes Waters/1770.