Fingerlings program proves successful
ALMOST 1000 barramundi fingerlings will be released by the Fitzroy River Fish Stocking Association (FRFSA) into the river this Saturday.
FRFSA President Andrew McClelland said the group was delighted to be able to partner with Rockhampton Regional Council, which provided a $5000 grant for this initiative.
"Even though the Fitzroy is now net free, periodic stocking will continue to be very important to supplement natural recruitment, especially in those years where climatic conditions are not favourable, resulting in low natural recruitment of fish into the system,” Mr McClelland explained.
The FRFSA has been stocking the river for the past 30 years on a regular basis.
President of CAPTAG, local fish tagging club, Todd Van Den Heuvel, said his club's members worked closely with the stocking group, tagging most of the juvenile barra just prior to their release into the river.
"By tagging most of these fish, we are able to measure the success of the stocking as the fish are recaptured by anglers as time goes by,” Mr Van Den Heuvel said.
"By way of example, we've just had a recapture reported of a barra that we tagged and released as a little 196mm fingerling back in April 2013.
"This fish had grown to an amazing 960mm long in that four year period.”
Mr McClelland said larger barra fingerlings cost over $5 each to purchase..