Tag program to monitor threadfin
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.