Venus Tuskfish are a prized food species.

  • 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 0.4 fish/fisher/day
    • Rockhampton ranked 10th 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 342mm in 2017
    • Rockhampton ranked 8th in the State for size of Venus Tuskfish 


    Community Attitudes

    • 71% of legal size Venus Tuskfish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 56% of fish reported were caught by visitors 
    • Rockhampton ranked 9th in the state for the number of fish released


  • Forecast

    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 Rockhampton report catching Venus Tuskfish with most being kept. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Venus Tuskfish was the 18th most commonly reported species in Rockhampton in 2017
    • An average length 342mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 0.4 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 71% of legal size fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 56% of fish reported were caught by visitors
    • The peak period for catches in 2017 was during January


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers


    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.



    A detailed snapshot of tagging by the Gladstone Sportfishing Club and Suntaggers is available:

    Local Sportfishers


  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Venus Tuskfish Recruitment

    No data is available currently on Venus Tuskfish Recruitment.


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Venus Tuskfish

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Local Sportfisher / Suntaggers
    • Queensland Fisheries

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Venus Tuskfish:

    Local Sportfishers
    Rockhampton Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys

  • 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).