From 2000 to 2011, most of the commercial black bream catch in WA (93 per cent) was taken in the South Coast Bioregion. Black bream is one of four main estuarine finfish species targeted in this bioregion.
Landings were mainly taken in Beaufort Inlet, Stokes Inlet, Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour. Minor black bream catches were reported in all other estuaries open to commercial fishing.
Landings of black bream are highly variable from year to year due to environmental factors in individual estuaries. Since 2000, total annual South Coast Bioregion commercial landings of black bream have ranged from 30 tonnes in 2000 to 65 tonnes in 2010. In 2011, 44 tonnes of black bream was landed.
The remaining seven per cent of the commercial WA black bream catch was taken in the West Coast Bioregion
. Commercial black bream catches in this bioregion have always been relatively low compared to landings of other estuarine species. Historically, most have come from the Swan-Canning Estuary and the Hardy Inlet.
Commercial targeting of black bream in the Swan-Canning Estuary has been negligible since 2007, so the Hardy Inlet is now the only commercial bream fishery in the bioregion. Since 2000, total commercial black bream landings in the bioregion have ranged from one to five tonnes per year. Less than one tonne of black bream was landed in 2011.
There are various management
measurements in place for commercial fishing for estuarine species.
Black bream major commercial catch 2011
South Coast Estuarine