10,000 fingerlings released

BABY fish battled their way through Southern Downs waterways as the Warwick and District Fish Stocking Association replenished the areas fish supplies yesterday.

About 10,000 fish, worth $4600, were released into the Condamine with 2000 silver perch and 8000 golden perch taking up residence after being bred at Granite Belt Fish Hatchery.

Warwick and District Fish Stocking Association president Roger Martin said it was important to keep up stocks in the region and the Southern Downs Regional Council provided funds for this.

“The river doesn’t run enough any more to breed fish to keep numbers up,” Mr Martin said.

More fingerlings were released into Connolly Dam and Dalrymple Creek in Allora, with about 25,000 tiny fish also being released in Leslie Dam on Tuesday for the annual fish stocking.

“It is important to have fish to catch and it brings a lot of money to the town with people fishing here,” Mr Martin said.

The new fish will take 15-18 months until they reach a legal catchable size and he said it was a great time to release the fish with the river running yesterday.

“If I’m not doing this and putting them in, I’m catching them and bringing them out again,” he joked.



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