News

Barramundi found dead after flood

Bill Sawynok inspects the fish kill at Woolwash yesterday.
Bill Sawynok inspects the fish kill at Woolwash yesterday. Allan Reinikka

IT might look like something fishy is going on, but thousands of fish, including 1000 barramundi, were found dead as a natural result of the floods.

Rockhampton fishing expert Bill Sawynok said the fish kill at Woolwash Lagoon was reported by recreational fishers on Saturday with most fish appearing to have died in the past two to four days.

Mr Sawynok, of Infofish Australia, said it was the most significant fish death event he had seen in the area since 1999 when about 1500 dead barramundi were recorded at a site on Port Alma Road.

No water quality data was collected, however, it is expected the fish deaths were a natural occurrence due to inundation of grassed areas with rotting vegetation causing low oxygen levels.

“Little or no flow of the water in the lagoon is likely to have contributed to the levels of oxygen being low,” Mr Sawynok said.

Mr Sawynok’s count revealed between five and seven thousand dead fish of 11 different breeds.

About 950 of the dead barramundi were checked for tags with 38 recovered.

Mr Sawynok said not all fish in the lagoon died as there was evidence of fish still alive with swirls noted in the middle and further up the lagoon away from the area of dead fish.

“It’s devastating,” Mr Sawynok said.

Woolwash Lagoon is about 6km south of Rockhampton and is part of an extensive lagoon system that exists on the Fitzroy River floodplain.

It is connected to other lagoons and Gavial Creek during periods of flooding of the Fitzroy River or during heavy rainfall events that allow the lagoons to be connected. Most fish that died were washed up near the southern end of the lagoon.

The site is an important barramundi nursery area and has been monitored through tagging of fish from about 1986/87.



Businessman goes from Zika virus to Rocky courtroom

Bernie Gribble at The Fitzroy Hotel.

Sentence for Bernard Gribble after pleading guilty to choking ex

'Plane enthusiasts' dream': Massive military aircraft in Rocky right now

The Antonov 124-100, one of the largest aircraft in the world, lands at the Rockhampton Airport.

See one of eight of the incredible aircrafts operating in the world

BREAKING: Brazen CQ teen recaptured after dramatic escape

MAN HUNT: Police are still searching for a 17-year-old man who escaped custody in Emerald on Tuesday night.

The handcuffed 17 year old allegedly stole a car and sped away

Local Partners

Queensland's Sausage King the newest kid on Rocky block

New kid on the butcher's block snags coveted award just months after opening his business.


Get Set for Summer

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Painting a brighter future for koalas

WORTH SAVING: The Queensland Koala Crusaders' Community Crowdfunding Campaign aims to raise $30,000 towards the cost of planting 10,000 trees for koalas.

Queensland Koala Crusaders have launched a crowdfunding campaign

CQ animal rescue group struggle with abandoned pet surge

Thatcher the dog is the face up Capricorn Animal Aid's upcoming fundraiser ball. He is pictured with his foster carer Lailah Hinds and Capricorn Animal Aid's Juanita Peoples ahead of the major event.

Major fundraiser the only hope for hundreds of animals in need

MOVE REVIEW: Tower's too steep a climb for this fan

A POPULAR novel series has finally made it to the screen but it's not exactly the King of movies, according to reviewer Matthew Pearce

'Carnival of chaos': Mega Rocky event you can't miss

A massive night of entertainment is lined up for the Rockhampton Showgrounds next month.

Massive response to release of tickets for next month's spectacular

The Project will now be on six nights a week

The Project presenters Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar.

The Project is expanding with a Sunday night edition and a new host.

Click your fingers, tap your toes

Helen Peters, Elisabeth Wallis-Gaedtke, Evalee Sharples and Kemal Avunduk rehearse for Fascinating Rhythm, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir's performance of hot jazz, sizzling samba, Latin beats and smooth swing sounds at Lake Kawana Community Centre on August 26-27.

Libby to set beat for Fascinating Rhythm this weekend

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable in London

Margot, is that really you?

MARGOT Robbie looks completely unrecognisable as Queen Elizabeth I.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 finale predictions

Emilia Clarke in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.

JON and Daenerys finally met. But what happens next?

Reese Witherspoon on being a ‘has-been’ at 36

Witherspoon’s career has never looked better but that didn’t stop people declaring her a “has-been”.

Reese on the ‘brutal’ article that called her a has-been at 36.

You'll be Sold On what's in this 72-page property magazine

Sold On

The ultimate guide to the world of real estate in our region.

Residents fear sand mine sell out by State Minister

Sand mine opponents attend the Nambour Council Chambers.Cou

Further testing undertaken on site, despite claims of significance

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

Rocky in top-10 fastest growing areas for residential units

CBD FRAMEWORK: Artist impression of the $14 million combined residential and commercial high-rise on the corner of William and Bolsover streets, Rockhampton.

Development approvals align with bold inner-city living vision