Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Crystal Bowl Forecasts More Barra Catches

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Crystal Bowl Forecasts More Barra Catches

Article excerpt

Fish bites

It's predicted:

A 5-25% increase in the catch rate of legal-sized barramundi next year.

Threadfin catches will rise between 20% and 40%.

THE good news for those keen to cast a line into the Fitzroy River next year is that Barramundi and King Threadfin stock levels are up.

The bad news is that with the current El Nino conditions new baby fish for these species will be poor.

That's the latest "Crystal Bowl" prediction.

The "Crystal Bowl" is a unique process developed in Central Queensland for the prediction of Barramundi and Threadfin stocks, covering the Fitzroy River and Gladstone areas.

Infofish Australia manager and leader of the Crystal Bowl project Bill Sawynok said it was expected there would be an increase of 5-25% in the catch rate of legal-sized Barramundi.

"The increase in legal sized fish will largely be due to strong recruitment in 2013 with those fish reaching legal size now and the introduction of the Net Free Area for the river and Keppel Bay resulting in the removal of commercial netting effort," Mr Sawynok said. …

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