Yellowfin Bream

Latin name: Acanthopagrus australis

Common name: Bream

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Wild Caught


Key Facts

  • Catches of yellowfin bream in NSW and QLD are considered healthy.
  • The nets used to catch yellowfin bream generally have a low impact on habitat.
  • Fishery impacts on threatened species appear minimal, although there has been no independent observer coverage in recent years.
  • Fishers are generally present at the nets during fishing, which means any endangered wildlife caught can be released alive.
  • The fishery that catches yellowfin bream also catches overfished mulloway; a recovery plan is in place and the fisheries do not catch a high proportion of mulloway caught in NSW.

Cooking & Recipes


Yellowfin bream is the smaller cousin of Snapper, and it has similar white flesh. Bream are the perfect size to cook whole. Cut some slits in the flesh to help ensure even cooking, and then either steam or wrap in foil to bake or BBQ. Fillets of Yellowfin Bream are delicious pan-fried, barbecued, steamed or poached. Very fresh specimens can also be served raw – thinly slice and serve as sashimi with a light ponzu dipping sauce, or dice fillets for a ceviche or fish tartare.

More information

  • NSW Estuary General Fishery, Ocean Haul Fishery (259t in 2015)
  • QLD East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery (118t in 2016-17)

Yellowfin bream is a species endemic to the eastern Australian coastline. Stocks of yellowfin bream in NSW and QLD are considered healthy, as commercial catches are stable compared to fishery catch records, indicating that overfishing is not occurring.The major portion of the yellowfin bream catch comes from the NSW fisheries, with smaller volumes caught in QLD.

In QLD, Interactions with turtles have been recorded, and interactions with dugongs and sharks are likely in these coastal fisheries. There is a current lack of information on bycatch across the geographical range of the fishery. In NSW, it is likely that the fishery has a low catch of threatened and protected species based on previous independent observer records; however, there has been no observer coverage to verify logbook reporting since 2009.

While interactions with endangered wildlife occurs the small scale of most of the fishing operations and the fact that fishers are present at the nets during fishing, means that any wildlife caught can be released alive.

The fishing methods used to catch yellowfin bream have minimal impacts on marine habitats. In addition, the fisheries operate in areas that are afforded some protection by marine parks.

In NSW, the fishery also catches mulloway, which is overfished in NSW. A management plan is in place to reduce the take of mulloway, although it is unclear if this is proving effective at allowing the species to rebuild. The fisheries that take the majority of yellowfin bream do not catch a high proportion of mulloway caught in NSW, so are unlikely to be significantly affecting the health of the population. However, if improvements to mulloway stocks are not apparent during the next assessment, it is likely to result in a downgrading to an Amber ‘Eat Less’ rating.