Yellowfin Bream are a popular food species particularly for family fishers as they are common and take a variety of baits.

  • 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 0.05 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • The Whitsundays ranked 11th in the state for Bream Catch Rates
    • Not targeted commercially


    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was ***mm in 2017
    • The Whitsundays ranked *** in the state for size of Bream 


    Community Attitudes

    • 100% of all legal size Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • 100% of fish reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The Whitsundays ranked 1st in the state in 2017 for the number of fish released however, given only five fish were reported, this ranking is unreliable


  • Forecast

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Forecast Pending 

    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 the Whitsundays report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Yellowfin Bream were not commonly reported in the Whitsundays in 2017, ranking 26th
    • The average length of bream in 2017 was ***mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.05 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 100% of legal size Bream reported in 2017 were released
    • 100% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by visitors
    • The peak period for bream catch rates in 2017 was during November


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    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 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.


    A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

    Local Sportfishers


  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    Bream recruits caught during Barramundi recruitment surveys are recorded. 


  • Monitoring

    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:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Barramundi are caught throughout the Townsville region and fish are stocked in the Russell. Commercial catches are assessed on Grids I21,J21,K21,L21,L22.