WEIPA VENUS TUSKFISH 2018

Venus Tuskfish are a prized food species however, not commonly targeted offshore from Weipa.

  • Overview

    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 1.7 fish/fisher/day
    • Weipa ranked 2nd in the state for Venus Tuskfish Catch Rates
    • No commercial data available

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • An average length of 305mm was reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • Weipa ranked 13th in the State for size of Venus Tuskfish however, due to the small sample size, this ranking is unreliable

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Weipa ranked 12th for release rate of Venus Tuskfish in 2017

     

  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Forecast Pending. 

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

    • An average length of 305mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 1.7 fish/fisher/day
    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were kept
    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by locals

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

  • Sportfishers

    Gladstone Sportfishing Club

    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.

    • DATA UNDER REVIEW

     

     

    A snapshot of Sportfishers catch data is available:

    Local Sportfishers

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Redthroat Emperor

    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
    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.