Here is the latest Infofish Citizen Science and Suntag report for 2014/15. The Infofish database now contains over 1.13 million fish records. This year data from recruitment surveys was incorporated into the database. Posts on the Suntag and Crystal Bowl Facebook pages had a total reach of over 200,000 and there were over 20,000 downloads of the mini reports.
This report provides a summary of what Fisheries Queensland and other contributors have received for their investment in Suntag and what has been provided to the fishing industry and the community. Download the Report
Lake Awoonga spilled in late 2010 for the first time since the dam wall was raised in 2002. It was estimated that 20,000+ large Barramundi spilled from the lake to June 2011. Find out where these and other Barramundi stocked into lake Awoonga ended up. Download the report “The Awoonga Barramundi Story 1985-2014” or view the article at: http://suntag.org.au/the-awoonga-barramundi-story-1985-2014/
From Jun-Dec last year a Mahi Mahi (Dolphinfish) tagged with a satellite tag off Charleston South Carolina USA wandered around the Atlantic Ocean for around 13,500km before being recaptured off the Dominican Republic. The fish was tagged with an archival tag as part of the Dolphinfish Research Program run by Cooperative Science Services, LLC .
The Crystal Bowl was developed to predict Barramundi stocks in the Fitzroy River that started in 2011 and was extended to include Gladstone and Herbert Creek in 2013. It was also extend to include King Threadfin in the Fitzroy River in 2014. In 2015 it will be extended to include Mulloway in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Some initial qualitative
Want to know some of the Flathead trends over the past 30 years? There aren’t many datasets around where you can look over that timescale. We have looked at Suntag data in South East and Central Queensland to see what changes have occurred to Flathead tagging over that time with some interesting results, particularly in relation for movement. Download the
Ever wondered what tagging effort looks like? This view of all tagging in our database plotted onto google earth shows exactly what it looks like and if marked by lights as our cities are it would be visible from space. This map covers 724,000 records, represented by 12,300 grids and takes around 2 1/2 hours to run. Drill into it
On the 19th of November we were lucky to have a visit by Dr Michael Hutchison from DAFF. Michael heads up the Jungle Perch recovery project and I have to admit having been to my share of science briefings and I was a bit worried but this was one of the best evenings I have been to. Michael didn’t just
The 2014 Barramundi season has now ended. For the Fitzroy River and Gladstone we have just completed a comparison of what we predicted back in 2013 with observed in 2014, made our predictions for 2015 and a preliminary prediction for 2016. The last few years have been good for the local Barramundi fisheries but the next 2 years will be
It took young Zack Wilkinson fishing in the Tinaroo Barra Bash to catch the first Suntag fish that was tagged over 20 years ago. Zack is 13 years old so the fish was tagged 7 years before he was born! At 1230mm and 20.9kg that is quite feat. Note that the maximum legal size does not apply in Lake Tinaroo.