to Stock Estuaries with Popular Species
can be no doubt that the freshwater stocking program throughout
Queensland has been a resounding success, not only within Queensland
but nationally and internationally through the recent world record
38kg barramundi caught in Lake Tinaroo.
The financial statistics for this community-driven stocking program
at Tinaroo amount to an annual outlay of less than $50 000 dollars
per year, with returns of between 1 to 2 million dollars annually
to the community, or about $31 per fish.
Estuarine (saltwater) stocking is in its infancy in Australia
however, it is envisioned that like the freshwater 'put and take'
fishery, saltwater stocking will be a major benefit to both recreational
anglers and local communities in the future.
There are two recent examples of estuarine stocking in Queensland.
Barramundi in the South Johnston River (NQ)
2. Dusky flathead and sand whiting in the Maroochy River (SQ).
of these investigations have proven that stocked fish will survive
and recruit into recreational catches.
this in mind there are plans afoot to begin stock several waterways
in the Gold Coast region with marine species, particularly Mangrove
The initial proposal is to consider the Nerang River system as
a potentially sound location due to the lack of commercial pressure
and the high volume of anglers with the potential of high volume
recapture details. Other systems will be considered on their merit.
There is also a lot of interest in the stocking of several Trevally
species both in freshwater impoundments and rivers as well as
Really the sky is the limit and will only be affected by lack
of funding for researchers and biologists.
The driving force behind this plan has been well known fishing
journalist Dave (Nugget) Downie who will be hosting several public
meetings in the Gold Coast area to gauge public support.
If you are interested in the plan or wish to have some comments,
please contact him on 3287 3787.