Lifestyle

Tag data tracks barra's survival

Hundreds of barramundi fingerlings are released into the Pioneer River by fish stocking sponsors Barry Vella, of The Meng Group, Bruce Nash, of Nashy's Compleat Angler, and Steven Vella, of Toyo Tyres.
Hundreds of barramundi fingerlings are released into the Pioneer River by fish stocking sponsors Barry Vella, of The Meng Group, Bruce Nash, of Nashy's Compleat Angler, and Steven Vella, of Toyo Tyres. Contributed

HE'S been dubbed Barry the Barramundi and he has an amazing story of survival to tell.

Marine biologists and fishery experts have been amazed by Barry's incredible four-year journey, which took him 850km and into the ocean, possibly to breed.

Barry was one of 848 tagged barramundi fingerlings released into Theresa Creek Dam (also known as Lake Theresa) by the Clermont Fish Stocking Association on November 10, 2007.

He was caught off Wiggins Island, near Gladstone, two weeks ago.

The organisation responsible for the tagging and releasing of fish in Queensland, SunTag, reports that Barry (official tag number T14928) was 850mm in length when caught. It had been 1545 days (four years and two months) since he was put into Theresa Creek Dam.

During those four years and two months, Barry had travelled 850km downstream over six weir walls and south through narrow creeks.

Eventually he got into the Fitzroy River, out into the ocean and headed south of Wiggins Island where angler Johnny Mitchell caught him, noted his tag number and released him to continue on his merry way.

"Since the barra stocking in Clermont in November, 2007, there have been 33 recaptures in the estuary and beyond and that is an impressive 3.9% of all fish from that batch," SunTag said.

"This latest recapture shows the powerful urge and tenacity of barramundi to get to the estuary."

Everyone is now waiting with bated breath to see if Barry is caught and reported again.

 

FISH STOCKS

The Mackay Area Fish Stocking Association says:

  • It put 5000 barra fingerlings into Marian Weir in early December
  • Released 3000 fingerlings into Dumbleton Weir at the weekend
  • There will be 10,000 fingerlings released into Teemburra Dam this week
  • All the latest fingerlings come from the Jungle Creek Hatchery at Innisfail

Topics:  barramundi


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Life as a Muslim in a Catholic school

SHARING BELIEFS: Abdul Malik has been helping people on the Coast understand Islam since he arrived in 2008.

"The more questions they asked me, the more I became energised.”

'It's the best thing I've done': Buddhist nun

FOUND HER CALLING: Lozang Lhagsam said Buddhism helped her identify what was important in life and how to live a meaningful existence.

Follow one woman's journey into Buddhism.

Local Partners

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

THE process of applying for and obtaining a job can be challenging for any teenager, but for Brianna Grice it comes with extra challenges.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

A charmer near the beach

Single-level home on leafy, tree-lined 0.92ha Peregian property

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!