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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    The fish are biting in North Queensland

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    The fish are biting in North Queensland

    The fish are biting in North Queensland with the Palaszczuk Government landing $39,000 to boost native fish numbers in local dams and weirs for recreational anglers.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the release of more than three million fingerlings across Queensland over the coming year would be funded by the sale of recreational fishing permits.

    “Baby barramundi, Australian bass, golden perch and Murray cod are among the iconic species finding new homes to ensure the North continues to enjoy some of Australia’s best freshwater fishing,” Mr Furner said.

    “Many of our native fish are reluctant to breed in dams and weirs, but Queensland’s permit scheme ensures reeling in the catch-of-the-day is enjoyable and sustainable.”

    State Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke MP and Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper MP are pleased that the Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme would see fingerlings released by local fish stocking groups at: 

    •          Aplins Weir
    •          Black Weir
    •          Gleeson Weir
    •          Burdekin Falls Dam

    Ms O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had listened to the views of recreational fishers and acted.

    “Half of all fingerling funding this year has been cast into areas near popular fishing spots as a direct result of feedback from permit holders on improving freshwater angling experiences,” Ms O’Rourke said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is also giving local fish stocking groups the flexibility to spend the funding they receive from permits not only on fish releases but also habitat improvements and facility upgrades.”

    More than 43,000 recreational fishers have taken out a permit for Queensland’s 63 stocked dams and weirs with 75 percent of the $1.067 million from permits returned to fish stocking volunteers.

    The cost of an annual permit is $50 per person, $36 for concession card holders or $10 for a weekly permit and available online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, or any Australia Post outlet in Queensland.

    “The permit scheme means Queensland families can continue to throw in a hook, line and sinker for generations to come,” Mr Harper said.

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