Saddletail Snapper are a popular food species and are a commonly targeted offshore species. Most of the offshore fishing for reef species around Weipa 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 0.16 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Saddletail Snapper were not commonly reported at boat ramp surveys in 2017, ranked 26th
    • No commercial catches reported
    • Weipa ranked 14th in the state for the catch rate of Saddletail Snapper


    Quality of the Fish

    • An average length of 487mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • Weipa ranked 9th in the State for size of Saddletail Snapper 


    Community Attitudes

    • 60% of fish reported at Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp in survey in 2017 were released
    • 67% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Weipa ranked 7th in the state in 2017 for the release rate of Saddletail Snapper


  • Forecast

    Limited Take For Consumption Advised

    Forecast Pending 

    Heavy harvesting of Saddletail Snapper 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 Weipa reported catching Saddletail Snapper in 2017 with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Saddletail Snapper was not a commonly reported species, ranking 26th in Weipa in 2017
    • The average size of fish measured was 487mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.16 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 60% of fish reported in 2017 were released
    • 67% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Saddletail 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.



    A snapshot of local Sportfishers (Suntag) data is available:

    Local Sportfishers


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Saddletail 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 Saddletail Snapper:

    Local Sportfishers
    Weipa 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. For this assessment commercial gridsJ21-R21 and J22-R22 were used.