Bar­ra­mundi re­lease pro­gram needs vol­un­teers

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Ryan Mathe­son

VOL­UN­TEERS hold the key to sus­tain­ing Townsville’s unique fresh­wa­ter fish stocks.

The Twin Cities Fish Stock­ing So­ci­ety is call­ing on Townsville res­i­dents to come for­ward to help with the re­lease this year of more than 1300 bar­ra­mundi into Black Weir.

The city’s re­lease pro­gram, which is tipped to be the first of its kind in the state, pro­vides an­glers with a unique in­sight into the iconic species. The so­ci­ety has in­tro­duced more than 300,000 bar­ra­mundi fin­ger­lings to Townsville waters since 1994.

Club pres­i­dent Terry McGeachin said the re­lease was de­signed to re­plen­ish stocks while pro­vid­ing an in­sight breed­ing cy­cle.

‘‘ I don’t think there is a place close to the same size of Townsville with a weir sys­tem like we have here that has such a large sup­ply of bar­ra­mundi,’’ he said.

Mr McGeachin said about 15 per cent of the fish re­leased would be tagged.

‘‘ There is no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to be a part of the pro­gram but the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple we see in­volved are fish en­thu­si­asts,’’ Mr McGeachin said.

For de­tails: ter­rym­cgeachin@ hot­mail. com.

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