FAMILY AFFAIR: Peter Day, his son Jesse and baby Jaxon get in on the business of fish stocking.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Peter Day, his son Jesse and baby Jaxon get in on the business of fish stocking. Kelly Butterworth Emefishs

Emerald fish stockers to monitor growth

MUCH like the age-old question of why the chicken crossed the road, have you ever wondered how the fish got into the dam?

Emerald Fish Stocking Group president Peter Day spent last week re-stocking the dam with two species of popular fish, and this year they did something different.

"We put in some tagged fish this time, tagged barramundi that are about 200mm," he said.

"Usually the fish we put in are between 50 and 100 (mm), so these ones were a bit bigger."

Peter said the idea behind the tagged fish was simple.

"This is the first time we have got a few fish that are tagged, and the idea is to see what the growth rate is," he said.

"So when someone catches them (a tagged fish), it would be great if they can weigh and measure them so we can see how big they are getting."

Peter said he got into fish stocking because of his love of fishing, and hopes to stock the dam for future generations.

"I love fishing and that's how I got into this. I've been doing it for probably 10 years," he said.

If you catch a tagged fish, or want to find out more, call Peter on 0457 531 996.


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