Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Waterways Pest Attack; 'Fish Army' on Patrol in Mackay

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Waterways Pest Attack; 'Fish Army' on Patrol in Mackay

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Ross Irby

ross.irby@dailymercury.com.au

ONE thousand hungry barramundi are just a phone call away from making a splash in The Gooseponds and putting the bite on the pest tilapia.

For Reef Catchments biologist Tim Marsden, the day of reckoning for the ponds' tilapia menace is likely to be Saturday, when the first barramundi are released.

Donations by recreational anglers and others have allowed the purchase of 1000 barramundi of 300mm in length. The barra will be transported by truck from a fish farm south of Mackay.

Mr Marsden said one phone call needed to be made for the barra to be released on Saturday. The barra are bigger than the tilapia and would not be fed before their release to make them hungry.

B-Day won't come too soon for Lance Murray, president of the Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance.

"What we are doing will be a hand grenade with the pin pulled," he said.

Mr Marsden said experienced volunteers from some of the groups involved would help with the release. …

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