Crimson Snapper are a popular food species and are the most commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore activity for reef species around Townsville is conducted by recreational fishers.

  • 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 1.33 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Crimson Snapper were not commonly reported (18th most common at boat ramp surveys)
    • Townsville ranked 3rd in the state for catch rate in 2017 
    • Commercial Catch Rates remained similar between 2016 and 2017, with 12.7kg/day and 13kg/day in 2017 reported, respectively


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 484mm in 2017
    • Townsville ranked 4th in the State for size of Crimson Snapper in 2017 however, due to small sample size there is some uncertainty in that ranking


    Community Attitudes

    • 88% of legal size fish reported in Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys were released
    • 93% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Townsville ranked 2nd in the state for the number of fish released in 2017 


  • Forecast

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    Forecast Pending.

    Heavy harvesting of Redthroat Emporer is not recommended, but a moderate take for consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. 

  • 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 Townsville regularly report catching Crimson Snapper with a large proportion of legal size fish being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Crimson Snapper was a commonly reported species, ranking 5th in Townsville
    • A total of 414 fish were reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • The average size of Crimson Snapper in 2017 was 484mm
    • Recreational Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.33 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 88% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 93% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Peak period sfor Crimson Snapper catches in 2017 were during April and September


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Crimson Snapper 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 Sporfishers have reported a catch rate of 28fish/fisher/day in 2016
    • data poor


    A detailed snapshot of local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

    Local 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 Crimson Snapper in Townsville (refer Area Fished section) represents 4.2% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Crimson Snapper are generally not a commercially targeted species
    • Commercial Catch rate was similar between 2016 and 2017, with 12.7kg/fisher/day and 13kg/fisher/day reported, respectively 
    • Number of active licenses has ranged from 7-16 in the past decade with 14 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.52T, compared to 0.38T in 2016


    Townsville Crimson Snapper Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Crimson Snapper

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Crimson Snapper:

    Local Sportfishers
    Townsville Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    Townsville 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. For this assessment commercial gridsJ21-R21 and J22-R22 were used.