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Commercial Fishery for Bream (Sparidae)
Buyers, Sellers Bream

Commercial Fishing for Bream:

The commercial fishery for bream extends from Bundaberg in QLD to Bermagui on the south coast of NSW. Methods of capture include gillnets, haul seines and beach seine nets. Bream is also a by-catch of inshore trawling and trapping. The main fishing methods for commercial fishing in VIC and SA are gillnets and haul seines, and in WA almost all of the commercial catch is taken with gillnets.

Map showing where bream are found in Australian waters.Available mainly wild-caught, though Yellowfin and Black Bream are also farmed. They are found mainly in estuaries, though also along the coast and around rocky reefs, lighter coloured fish are caught at sea, while darker ones are from estuaries and further up river. Black Bream are found around southern Australia, while Frypan Snapper and Pikey Bream are found in northern waters. Yellowfin and Tarwhine are found along the eastern coast up to far north Queensland, and Tarwhine is also found along the southern to central coast of WA. Black and Yellowfin Bream are endemic to Australia.

Yellowfin Bream (Acanthopagrus australis) is endemic to Australia and is found along the eastern coast from far north Queensland to Victoria, though it’s mainly caught south of Hervey Bay.

Tarwhine (Rhabdosargus sarba) is found from far north Queensland to Victoria as well as along the southwestern coast from Albany to Exmouth. It’s often caught with yellowfin bream, from which it can be distinguished by the yellow lines along its rows of scales.

Frypan Bream (Argyrops spinifer) is mainly caught off the north-western coast of Australia, although it is found north from the NSW-Queensland border to the central coast of Western Australia and is caught in sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Black Bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) is endemic to Australia and is usually found in brackish or freshwater in southern Australia, though it does appear in salt water in Western Australia. It’s mainly caught in Victoria, especially Gippsland Lakes where the fishery goes back to the late 1800s, and is also common off southern Western Australia. Pikey Bream (Acanthopagrus berda) is found from the mid-coast of Queensland north to the Northern Territory and is a small part of coastal net-fisheries in those areas.

Snapper (Pagrus auratus), which, despite its name, is actually a bream, is caught from Townsville, south to the central Western Australian coast (including in Bass Strait and around Tasmania). It has pinkish skin with pale blue spots and a distinctive forehead hump. Although it isn’t related to the ‘true’ tropical snappers or sea perches (Lutjanidae family) such as goldband snapper, the ‘snapper’ name has been retained as it is one of Australia’s most widely known fish and has gone by this name for over 100 years.

Scientific Name Family:  Sparidae
Location Australia wide
Season All year round
Size To 3.5 kg. 
Average size 1-1.5 kg
Australian Species Code 37 353004
Taste, Texture delicate taste, fine texture.

Available year round with Black Bream peaking in WA in August and September and some available from SA in the second half of the year, and Yellowfin peaking in NSW from February to June and Queensland from May to July.

Size and Weight
Varies with species, typically from a minimum of 200g (Tarwhine and Yellowfin Bream) to a maximum of 1.5kg (Black and Frypan Bream) and 25-45cm in length, though they can grow to at least 4kg and about 60cm.

Yellowfin Bream, Australian bream
Yellowfin Bream


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More links about Bream:

Australian Government - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (PDF file) - Australian Fisheries Statistics 2010/2011


See Also:
Bream (Sparidae) Photographs and Information
Catching Bream | Fishing for Bream | Bait for Bream
Cooking Bream | Recipes for Sea Bream or Snapper
Commercial Fishery for Bream (Sparidae) | Buyers, Sellers Bream


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