Dam wait for barra fans

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN­GLERS hop­ing to tar­get mon­ster bar­ra­mundi in Ross Dam in a boat will have to wait un­til at least next year.

Divi­sion 4’ s Cr Mark Mo­lachino, who has pre­vi­ously helped re­lease barra fin­ger­lings in the dam, said a re­port was still be­ing “fine tuned”.

The re­port would high­light what in­fra­struc­ture was needed to be built to al­low safe ac­cess to the dam.

Cr Mo­lachino hoped the re­port would be handed to the coun­cil in Jan­uary.

Townsville Bar­ra­mundi Re­stock­ing Group pres­i­dent Rhyce Bul­limore said more bar­ra­mundi would be stocked in the dam next year.

He hoped the dam would be open to boats users by the end of 2019 but un­til then would fo­cus on stock­ing it with more bar­ra­mundi.

“The next sched­uled re­lease in March or April, so that’ll be an­other $ 50,000 worth of fish, so about 50,000 ( bar­ra­mundi),” Mr Bul­limore said.

He said the stock­ing group had no­ticed the ju­ve­nile fish were flour­ish­ing, with fin­ger­sized fish reach­ing 60cm within a year.

“They swim around all day eat­ing, like in a buf­fet,” he said.

Mr Bul­limore said wa­ter qual­ity was ex­pected to dic­tate the terms of use of the dam, which is the pri­mary sup­ply of drink­ing wa­ter for Townsville.

“( The coun­cil’s) num­ber one pri­or­ity is wa­ter for the town,” he said.

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