WHITSUNDAY COMMON CORAL TROUT 2018

Coral Trout are a prized food species for locals and visitors.

  • 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 reported a catch rate of 1.68 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • Whitsunday ranked 4th in the state for Common Coral Trout Catch Rates
    • Commercial Catch rates increased from 108.33 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 138.8 kg/fisher/day in 2017 

     

    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported an average length of 455mm in 2017
    • Whitsunday ranked 9th in the state for size of Common Coral Trout (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys)

     

    Community Attitudes

    • 64% of fish reported in Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp surveys in 2017 were kept
    • 73% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • Whitsunday ranked 3rd in the state in 2017 for the number of released fish 

     

  • 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 the Whitsundays report catching Common Coral Trout with most being released. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • A total of 572 fish were reported in 2017 Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    • Common Coral Trout were the 2nd most commonly reported species in the Whitsundays in 2017
    • An average length of 455mm was reported in 2017
    • Fishers reported a catch rate of 1.68 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 64% of fish reported in 2017 were released 
    • 73% of fish were reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The peak periods for Common Coral Trout catches in 2017 were during March and August

     

    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard

     

     

  • Sportfishers

    Local Sportfishers

    Common Coral Trout 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 detailed snapshot of Sportfisher / Suntaggers data is available:

    Local Sportfishers

     

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  • 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 Common Coral Trout in the Whitsundays (see Area Fished section) represented 3.19% share of the total statewide catch in 2017. Monitoring is ongoing in 2018.

    • Commercial Catch rates increased from 108.33 kg/fisher/day in 2016 to 138.8 kg/fisher/day in 2017
    • Number of active licenses has been between 15-29 over the past decade with 18 active in 2017
    • Commercial catch in 2017 was 24.3T, compared to 41.6T in 2016

     

    Common Coral Trout Commercial Catch Dashboard

     

  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Common Coral Trout

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Local Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries

     

    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Common Coral Trout:

    Local Sportfishers
    Whitsunday Queensland Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys
    Whitsunday 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.