The $300,000 fish that didn’t get away

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Lake Macdonald is stocked by the Lake Macdonald Freshwater Fishing Association Inc. The dam is stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, Mary River cod and silver perch. In 2017/18, 12,000 Australian bass and 24,022 golden perch were stocked from SIPS permit sales. A total of 387,979 Australian bass, 152,752 golden perch and 15,200 silver perch have been stocked in Lake Macdonald from SIPS. The dam has also been stocked with Mary River cod from other funding sources. Saratoga was also stocked previously and has established a breeding population. Photo: Contributed  

RECREATIONAL fishing in Queensland’s stocked impoundments has netted $300,000 in targeted grants to encourage agri-tourism in the state’s fishing industry. 

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the grants would support a variety of activities associated with Queensland’s Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS). 

“This significant investment in Queensland’s recreational fishing will fund work to restock 43 southern Queensland SIPS impoundments that suffered significant fish stock losses in this year’s rainfall events, and deliver a small-scale pilot tagged fishing competition in the Central and North Queensland regions,” Mr Furner said. 

“Fishing in Queensland’s 63 SIPS impoundments, which require a permit to fish with a line, is worth approximately $100 million annually, with at least a quarter of that amount spent directly in regional economies. 

“These grants will improve recreational fishing experiences which support regional economies and jobs in many ways including boat sales and tourism opportunities, and services such as fishing tackle, bait, fuel and ice sales. 

“Making this funding available is one way the Queensland Government supports our volunteer partners in SIPS and I encourage anglers to help their communities by getting out and buying a permit to fish in these dams.” 

Mr Furner said the grants were also an important investment in the Queensland Government’s overall Sustainable Fisheries strategy. 

“Growing participation in our stocked impoundment fisheries plays a vital role in our aim to have fish for the future by helping to alleviate pressure on our wild fish populations,” Mr Furner said. 

“As the impoundments are stocked with native fish specifically for recreational fishing. 

SIPS provides a sustainable fishing option and gives anglers the chance to catch favourite species including golden perch, Australian bass, and barramundi. 

“SIPS directly contributes approximately $850,000 annually to small and medium regional enterprises which produce fingerlings for the scheme.” 

Visit to find the nearest stocked waterway and buy a permit, or call 13 25 23 for more information. 

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