Dam fish restocking delayed until new year
HARSH conditions have delayed the restocking of fish in Southern Downs dams for at least another month.
Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association secretary treasurer Ed Kemp said cold weather set back the fish restocking until early in the new year.
"Everything has been ordered and we're on track but we have to wait until they're grown to size," he said.
"We have to finish stocking by the end of February so we've got a couple of months window of opportunity to get them in."
Mr Kemp said Leslie Dam, Connolly Dam, the Condamine River and streams such as Dalrymple Creek in Allora would be restocked.
Leslie Dam will be restocked with 162,000 golden perch, 15,000 murray cod and 5000 silver perch.
For Connolly Dam, 6600 golden perch have been purchased along with 1500 silver perch and 600 murray cod.
There will also be 23,000 golden perch, 1500 silver perch and 2000 murray cod placed in the Condamine River and streams.
Mr Kemp said the waterways had to be restocked according to rations, of 85percent golden perch, 10percent murray cod and 5percent silver perch.
"If you stock too many murray cod, they're like vacuum cleaners and will eat anything," he said.
"You don't put in too many murray cod because they'll eat all the other fish."
Mr Kemp said this was not the latest the fish restocking had been done, with fish being so scarce one year it was not done until May.
Work is still going ahead to utilise murray cod as a tourism drawcard for Warwick.
Mr Kemp said a sculpture of two murray cod, a male and a female, will be carved from stone and placed on the bank of the Condamine River by the end of January.
"Other towns have got the big Murray Cod, but this is going to be a mating pair and it's going to be done in marble," he said.
"What we're hoping in the next 12 months or so is to get the stretch of river from Killarney to Pratten registered in Canberra with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
"Then it'll be available over the world for tourists to see and Warwick will be a tourist destination."
The base for the scultpure has already been installed at the river, weighing about five and a half tonne.