GAWB operates one of the largest fish stocking programs in Queensland, with more than five million Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Sea Mullet fingerlings released since restocking activities commenced in 1991.
GAWB is building a new multi-species fish hatchery at Lake Awoonga which will be capable of producing up to 1.5 million fingerlings a year once operational.
Located adjacent to Lake Awoonga Lookout One, the new facility will feature:
(a) Tourism initiatives
(b) School education
(c) Live fish display
(d) Recreational information
Commissioning activities are now well underway with the facility expected to open to the public later this year.
|Limitations (1 Feb to 31 Oct)||Limitations (1 Nov to 31 Jan)|
|Minimum size 58cm||Minimum size 58cm|
|Bag limit of 5 fish per person/ 10 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) and one (1) fish can be over 120cm||Bag limit of one 1 fish per person/ 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) during the closed season - this fish can be over 120cm|
The aims of our fish stocking program are to:
GAWB undertakes a fish monitoring program that provides valuable insights into lake ecology, barramundi growth rates, as well as general health, dispersal, feeding preferences and patterns, and preferred habitat.
This valuable data assists the hatchery team to select optimal locations and timings for stocking activities to promote successful survival and recruitment in the lake.
There is no closed season at Lake Awoonga but there are some important catch limits to be aware of.
|Species||Minimum Size||Bag Limit|
|Barramundi||58cm||1 February to 31 October: Bag limit of 5 fish per person/ 10 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) and one (1) fish can be over 120cm 1 November to 31 January: Bag limit of one 1 fish per person/ 2 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) during the closed season - this fish can be over 120cm.|
|Mangrove Jack||35cm||5 fish per person|
|Sea Mullet||30cm||20 fish per person|
Mangrove Jack – minimum size is 35cm – bag limit of five (5) fish per person
Sea Mullet – minimum size is 30cm – bag limit of twenty (20) fish per person
Other Fish – DAFF fishing regulations govern capture of other species.
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