Reef Catchments Coordinator- Aquatic Habitats’ Tim Marsden and Tackleworld Mackay owner Neil Elworthy discuss the issue of Tilapia at the Gooseponds.
Reef Catchments Coordinator- Aquatic Habitats’ Tim Marsden and Tackleworld Mackay owner Neil Elworthy discuss the issue of Tilapia at the Gooseponds. Lee Constable

1000 hungry killers ready to let loose on Gooseponds pest

ONE thousand hungry barramundi are just a phone call away from making a splash in The Gooseponds and putting the bite on the pest tilapia.

For Reef Catchments biologist Tim Marsden, the day of reckoning for the ponds' tilapia menace is likely to be Saturday, when the first barramundi are released.

Donations by recreational anglers and others have allowed the purchase of 1000 barramundi of 300mm in length. The barra will transported by truck from a fish farm south of Mackay.

Mr Marsden said one phone call needed to be made for the barra to be released on Saturday. The barra are bigger than the tilapia and would not be fed before their release to make them hungry.

B-Day won't come too soon for Lance Murray, president of the Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance.

"What we are doing will be a hand grenade with the pin pulled," he said.


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