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New fish ladder in Ipswich.
« on: March 30, 2017, 11:36:46 AM »

THREE new fish species have been recorded in the freshwater reaches of the upper Bremer River for the first time with the help of Queensland’s longest fish ladder.

A five-day monitoring program showed an average of 690 fish used the ladder at Berry’s Weir each day with forked tail catfish, speckled goby and yellow-fin bream found in the Yamanto catchment area for the first time.

Environment spokesman Councillor David Morrison said the ladder had facilitated the movement of tens of thousands of fish since it was launched in August last year.

“Council’s monitoring program recorded 3,514 fish and 99.94 per cent of those were native species with only two non-native fish found,” he said.

“This, coupled with the discovery of the catfish, goby and bream, shows native fish have taken no time to adapt to the ladder.

“During the monitoring process juvenile native bass and Murray cod were electronically tagged and released at the bottom of the ladder before they were observed moving up the structure, replicating their natural migration.

“Additional monitoring is planned for next year.”           

The Berry’s Weir fish ladder is 80m long, 2.4m high and has 35 steps and pools, providing native fish with easy access to their upstream homes for the first time in more than 50 years.

Perhaps someone here can explain the "Murray" Cod???


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