News release | 01-Feb-2018
No peacock bass have been found in the Pioneer River after sampling was completed in four locations upstream and downstream of the Dumbleton Weir over the last week.
Executive Director of Fisheries Queensland Claire Andersen said as part of the sampling, 6,952 native fish comprising of over 20 species were observed including barramundi, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, mangrove jack and jungle perch.
“Having a healthy range of native fish present is a strong indicator that the numbers of peacock bass in the Pioneer River are very low,” Ms Andersen said.
“We could not have asked for a better result.
“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) engaged Catchment Solutions Pty Ltd to undertake sampling at four sites.
“The sites are below the Dumbleton Weir, the top of the Dumbleton Weir pool, below the Mirani Weir and below the Marian Weir.
“Extensive sampling took place at each site which included electrofishing and netting.”
Ms Andersen said DAF would continue to monitor the situation and asked the community to assist by reporting any other catches or sightings of peacock bass.
“We need the help of the community to report pest fishing sightings and not facilitate their spread between waterways,” she said.
“If you spot or catch a peacock bass, take a photo and report it online at daf.qld.gov.au or by call 13 25 23.
“If caught, peacock bass should not be returned to the water.
“To date, no further reports of peacock bass have been reported to DAF.”
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