Redthroat Emperor 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

    • 2017 Sportfishers data under review
    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reports catch rate of 1.9 fish/fisher/day
    • Townsville ranked 4th in the state for Redthroat Emperor Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch Rates increaesd between 2016 and 2017 with 20.9kg/day and 45kg/day reported, respectively


    Quality of the Fish

    • 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 459mm
    • Townsville ranked 1st in the State for size of Redthroat Emperor (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)


    Community Attitudes

    • 48% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 72% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Townsville ranked 6th in the state for the number of fish released in 2017


  • Forecast

    Moderate 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.

    NOTE: Moderate take means taking what is required for immediate needs.

  • 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 Redthroat Emperor with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Redthroat Emperor was the 10th most commonly reported species in 2017
    • An average length of 459mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 1.9 fish/fisher/day
    • 48% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 72% of fish reported in 2107 were caught by locals
    • The peak period for Redthroat Emperor catches in 2017 was during July


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Redthroat Emperor

    Redthroat Emperor 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.

    • data pending


    A detailed snapshot of local Sportfishers / Suntaggers catch data 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 Redthroat Emperor in Townsville (see Area Fished section) represented 27.3% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rate increased between 2016 and 2017 with 20.9kg/fisher/day and 45kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
    • Number of active licenses has ranged between 35 and 55 over the last decade with 46 licences active in 2017.
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 39.7T, compared to 22.9T in 2016.


    Townsville Redthroat Emperor Commercial Catch Dashboard


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Redthroat Emperor

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meterology
    • Queensland Fisheries
    • Local Sportfishers / Suntag


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Redthroat Emperor:

    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.