Step up in life for Rocky's barra
ROCKHAMPTON'S barramundi are going to have an easier life after the construction of a new fish ladder at Moores Creek over the weekend.
The fish ladder, which was built by the Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated (FBA) and Fisheries Queensland, will ensure that barramundi fingerlings and a number of other fish species will be able to migrate up and down the creek system.
FBA's operations manager Piers Harper said it was important for fish populations that fingerlings were able to migrate and the ladder allowed them to do this more effectively.
"Moores Creek is particularly unique as it is one of the most intact tributaries in the upper reaches of the Fitzroy, the largest catchment draining to the Great Barrier Reef," Mr Harper said.
"The fish ladder slows down the velocity of the water and allows the fish a passage to swim up and down stream.
"It will open another one and a half kilometres of stream length to fish that require migration between fresh and salt water to complete their breeding and life cycles.
"This fish ladder will expand the territory for very small barramundi, sea mullet, mangrove jack, tarpon, empire gudgeons, long-finned eels and pacific blue eyes, just to name a few," Mr Harper said.