Black Bream

Acanthopagrus Butcheri
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Acanthopagrus Butcheri
Other names Blue Nose Bream, Gippsland Bream, Golden Bream, Perth Bream, Silver Bream, Southern Black Bream, Southern Bream
Size Up to 60 cm (23.6 in)
Weight Up to 4.5 kg (3.3 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, brackish areas, estuaries, rivers, lakes, inlets around structure & seagrass
Depth Range
Black Bream Distribution

Interesting Info

  • Black Bream are a schooling fish, living in fresh, salt & brackish water.
  • They are endemic to southern Australia found mostly in estuaries and lakes.
  • Black Bream are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on smaller fish, algae, crabs, mussels, insects, worms & prawns.
  • Estimated lifespan is similar to most bream with an average between 3 to 8 years, but up to 29 years.
  • Black Bream have a large distribution in Australia including WA, SA, VIC, TAS & NSW
  • The main predators of Black Bream include sharks, larger predatory fish and birds.
Species Interaction

Commercial & Recreational Fishing

Black Bream are a popular sports fish for all levels of fishing. They can be caught from shore or boat and are abundant throughout southern Australia. Black Bream also carry a significant commercial relevance in WA, SA and VIC.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Sparidae

Genus: Acanthopagrus

Species: Acanthopagrus butcheri

Conservation Status

Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Black Bream are not currently categorised as species of concern.

Fish Taste Quality

Black Bream are a great table fish cooked as fillets or whole.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Black Bream

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish

Popularity: Highly Targeted

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