Barramundi release program needs volunteers
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.
STOCKS: The public can release fingerlings into Black Weir