A new policy for fish stocking in Queensland has paved the way for three more species to be introduced to freshwater catchments.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said mangrove jack, sea mullet and jungle perch could soon be stocked under strict conditions.
“This is a framework to effectively manage fish stocking in Queensland to support recreational fishing pursuits and the conservation of our freshwater fish ecosystems,” he said.
“The policy also outlines clear criteria that need to be met to minimise the ecological impact of fish stocking and ensure it is done responsibly.”
Mr Furner said the policy, developed in consultation with stakeholders, provides certainty for fish stocking groups and hatcheries.
“Queensland’s Stocked Impoundment Scheme, which actively stocks recreational fisheries and other stocking projects around the State, provides important regional fishing tourism opportunities,” he said.
“These guidelines for stocking fish will assist Local Government to better position recreational fishing as part of their economic development plans.”
“The policy clarifies the type of stocking that is supported and restates the Fisheries Queensland position to not allow stocking of tidal waters.”
Other key components include:
- Risk-based assessments for new stocking proposals and renewals;
- Additional assessment criteria for higher risk activities; and
- A requirement for monitoring and evaluation of stocked species in fish stocking management plans.
To view the Policy for Fish Stocking in Queensland, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.