The Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association (S&WFSA) has announced that the Ipswich Community Fish Hatchery is nearing completion.
“The group has been working hard to get the hatchery operational this season,” S&WFSA Secretary Colin Lord said. “This has been a long term goal of S&WFSA and it will be great to get even more fish in the water for the angling community.
“We’ve been fundraising for a long time to get enough money for the whole set-up, but what got us over the line was the grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.”
The Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund provided a grant of $18,162 to the S&WFSA for purchasing grow-out ponds, hatchery equipment and shade house.
“Fish from this hatchery will boost the numbers of fish in local lakes by a significant margin,” Hatchery supervisor Kevin Horsey said. “We should be able to produce two or three times as many fish than we could ever buy from commercial hatcheries for the same cost.”
An open day is planned in April to allow interested members of the public to see the hatchery and how it will run.
The S&WFSA stocks native fish into Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe, Atkinsons Dam and is in the planning stages of stocking fish into other waterways in the Brisbane and Bremer River Catchments. - Garry Fitzgerald S&WFSAReads: 531