Tag pro­gram to mon­i­tor threadfin

Broome Advertiser - - Fishing - Dr An­drew Row­land Dr An­drew Row­land is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Recfishwest.

A new tag­ging pro­gram to help learn more about threadfin salmon is about to be­gin.

As pre­vi­ously men­tioned in this col­umn, this project is the brain­child of North Re­gional TAFE.

It is be­ing funded through recre­ational fish­ing li­cence fees via the Recre­ational Fish­ing Ini­tia­tives Fund and will use cit­i­zen science to study the be­hav­iour of threadfin salmon and pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their lo­cal stocks.

Fish­eries and Science Min­is­ter Dave Kelly last week con­firmed Broome recre­ational fish­ers and Yawuru tra­di­tional own­ers were about to be­gin sam­pling threadfin salmon in Roe­buck Bay.

It is hoped the two groups will catch, record, tag and re­lease 1000 threadfin salmon over the com­ing months.

Threadfin salmon are iden­ti­fied in the Yawuru Nag­u­la­gun/ Roe­buck Bay Ma­rine Park Man­age­ment Plan as a key species tar­geted for recre­ational and cus­tom­ary fish­ing.

This project will an­swer im­por­tant ques­tions about pop­u­la­tion dy­nam­ics and fish move­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of cul­tur­ally and eco­log­i­cally sus­tain­able man­age­ment ar­range­ments for this key fish.

Recfishwest is ex­cited to be part of this ini­tia­tive, given the com­mu­nity im­por­tance of threadfin salmon in Roe­buck Bay. Threadie fish­ing has be­come more pop­u­lar since com­mer­cial net­ting was re­moved from Roe­buck Bay.

The project was wel­comed by Kim­ber­ley MLA Josie Far­rer.

“Fish­ing is a way of life in the Kim­ber­ley and in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity in learn­ing about threadfin salmon and also se­cur­ing fish stocks for the fu­ture is re­ally pos­i­tive,” she said.

“Lo­cals and Yawuru peo­ple will learn more about this pop­u­lar fish and pass this on to our younger gen­er­a­tions.”

North Re­gional TAFE's Jeff Cooper is part of the new tag­ging ini­tia­tive.

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