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Red Throat Emperor (Lethrinus chrysostomus) Commercial Fishery

Commercial Fishing for Red Throat Emperor. Red Throat Emperors are caught by handlines, rod-and-line, traps and demersal otter trawling - mainly stern trawling but also semi-pelagic trawling. Buy Emperor, Sell Emperor.

Commercial Fishing for Red Throat Emperor:

Red throat emperor are Wild caught.

Red Throat Emperors are caught by handlines, rod-and-line, traps and demersal otter trawling - mainly stern trawling but also semi-pelagic trawling in the Northern Territory.

Coral reef fish are caught by hook and line along the length of the Great Barrier Reef from the Torres Strait south to Fraser Island, and from the inshore reefs to the outer barrier reefs. The main targets for the line fishery are coral trout, red throat emperor, Spanish mackerel and red emperor.

More than 125 fish species are caught in the reef line fishery, but only a few of them are targeted. These include coral trout species Plectropomus spp., red throat emperor Lethrinus miniatus, Spanish mackerel Scomberomorus commerson, red emperor Lutjanus sebae and several cod species.

Many other species are not targeted but are caught incidentally and kept by fishers. These include tropical snappers such as stripey sea perch Lutjanus carponotatus, hussar Lutjanus adetti, Moses sea perch Lutjanus russelli, rosy jobfish Pristipomoides filamentosus, goldband snapper Pristipomoides multidens, large-mouthed nannygai Lutjanus malabaricus and small-mouthed nannygai Lutjanus erythropterus. These fish are called by-product

Coral trout makes up 40-45% of the total commercial harvest of the commercial line fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, with significant amounts of red throat emperor and Spanish mackerel also caught (15–20% of the total harvest each).

Scientific Name Lethrinus chrysostomus
Location QLD, NT, WA
Season All year round
Size Up to 1 metre
Australian Species Code 37 351902
Taste, Texture Sweet to mild taste, fine and firm texture.

Recovery Rate
Fillets: 40% from whole emperor, Recovery rate varies considerably with season

Red Throat Emperors are caught by handlines, rod-and-line, traps and demersal otter trawling - mainly stern trawling but also semi-pelagic trawling in the Northern Territory.

Commercial operators are authorised to use baited traps and vertical lines, including hand lines and drop lines. Prior to 1999, most operators in the fishery used drop lines. During 1999-2000, there was an industry-wide change to trap fishing, with only one operator using drop lines in 2002. In 2004, there was a reversal of this trend when many operators went back to drop lines; but by 2009, most operators were again using traps. In 2010, one vessel used drop lines and six vessels used traps, reflecting the developing nature of the wider fishery grounds.

Gold-band snappers are the principal target of the fishery, comprising the three species Pristipomoides multidens, P. typus and P. filamentosus. Together, they comprise 52% of the total catch (Figure 2), with P. multidens being the most common. Other key species caught in the fishery are saddle-tail snapper (Lutjanus malabaricus), crimson snapper (L. erythropterus), red emperor (L. sebae) and cods (Family Serranidae) (Figure 2). There was very little change in 2010 in the species composition from 2009.

Byproduct species made up 9% of the overall catch in the fishery. As well as red emperor (Lutjanus sebae), byproduct species include small snappers (such as L. russelli and L. lemniscatus) rock cods (such as Epinephelus areolatus), emperors (such as red spot emperor, Lethrinus lentjan) and Robinson’s sea bream (Gymnocranius grandoculus).

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