The fish ladder has expanded the territory for 29 species

Fisheries biologist Matt Moore at the fish ladder in Moores Creek. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Fisheries biologist Matt Moore at the fish ladder in Moores Creek. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

THE Moores Creek fish ladder has expanded the territory for 29 species of juvenile fish that have been found in Moores Creek.

They include small barramundi, sea mullet, mangrove jack, tarpon, empire gudgeons, long-finned eels and pacific blue eyes.

Fitzroy Basin Association and Fisheries Queensland staff are undertaking fish sampling over four days this week to measure the success of the new fish ladder built in July, last year, thanks to federal and state government funding.

FBA's Coastal and Marine co-ordinator Shannon van Nunen said the sampling process involved setting a series of nets on the fish ladder that led the fish into a small fish trap checked by Fisheries Queensland staff every eight hours.

"These fish are removed from the net by a scoop and are identified, measured and added to the tally before being released upstream of the ladder into the upper reaches of the Moores Creek system to continue their migration," Mr van Nunen said.

"At this stage, on average, 600 fish, mostly juvenile fish are being recorded each day, with a total of 16 fish species identified including mullet, eels and catfish. This fish ladder is allowing up to 185 fish an hour to migrate upstream in this unique section of Moores Creek that acts as a nursery habitat for juvenile fish."

FISH LADDER INFORMATION

More information on fish ladders including a scale model can be seen at FLOW Fitzroy Basin Association Visitors' Centre at the ground level of the old post office building in East St Rockhampton.

FLOW is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.



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