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)
- Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.07 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- Townsville ranked 9th in the state for Bream Catch Rates
- Commercial catch rates decreased between 2016 and 2017 with 13.2kg/day and 12.4kg/day reported, respectively
Quality of the Fish
- Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was 282mm in 2017
- Townsville ranked 4th in the State for size of Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)
- 89% of all legal size Bream reported in 2017 were released
- 86% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
- Townsville ranked 8th in the state in 2017 for the number of fish released
Moderate Take For Consumption Advised
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 Townsville regularly report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.
- Yellowfin Bream was the 34th ranked reported species across the state
- The average length of bream in 2017 was 282mm
- Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.07 fish/fisher/day in 2017
- 89% of legal size Bream reported in 2017 were released
- 86% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by locals
- The peak period for bream catch rates in 2017 was during August
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 their Bream fishing skills. In Townsville, Bream are not considered a sports species with limted catches of Bream by Sportsfishers being reported each year. 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 reported a catch rate of 1.2 fish/fisher/day in 2017 and 1.6fish/fisher/day in 2018, so far
- The catch mix in 2018 comprised 67% undersize fish and 33% legal size fish. No trophy fish have been reported in 2018, so far
A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:
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 Yellowfin Bream in Townsville (see Area Fished section) represented 0.2% share of the total statewide catch. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.
- Commercial Catch rate declined between 2016 and 2017 with 13.2kg/fisher/day and 12.4kg/fisher/day reported, respectively
- Number of active licenses has ranged between 5 and 16 over the last decade with 5 licences active in 2017.
- Commercial catch in 2017 was 0.21T, compared to 0.41T in 2016.
Monitoring of Bream Recruitment
Bream recruits caught during Barramundi recruitment surveys are recorded.
Monitoring of Bream
Data for this assessment has been sourced from:
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Local Sportfishers
- Queensland Fisheries
Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream: