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Developing Jungle Perch Fingerling Production to Improve Fishing Opportunities

Hutchison, Michael and Lee, Peter and Norris, Andrew and Nixon, David and Shorten, David and Borchert, Trevor and Wang, Sizhong and Chilcott, Keith and Palmer, Paul and Marsden, Tim and Carton, Guy and Kowitz, Les (2016) Developing Jungle Perch Fingerling Production to Improve Fishing Opportunities. Project Number: 2012-213 . Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. ISBN 9780734504531

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Abstract

This project has for the first time demonstrated the feasibility of hatchery production of jungle perch fingerlings. The research on jungle perch production has enabled a hatchery production manual with accompanying videos to be produced. This has given private commercial hatcheries the information needed to produce jungle perch fingerlings. Several hatcheries have already indicated an interest in producing jungle perch and will be assisted to do so in 2016. Currently jungle perch are not a permitted stocking species, so cannot be sold to fish stocking groups. However, hatcheries will be able to sell fingerlings to the aquarium trade or supply grow out facilities that could produce jungle perch for human consumption. Should jungle perch become a permitted species for stocking, this will provide hatcheries with a major new product option to sell to fish stocking groups. It would also benefit anglers by providing another iconic species for impoundment stocking programs. This could have flow-on benefits to regional economies through angler tourism.

Should the pilot reintroductions of jungle perch into streams result in self-sustaining jungle perch populations, then there will be three restored jungle perch populations close to major population centres. This will create a new opportunity for anglers not normally able to target jungle perch. Since the majority of anglers who target jungle perch are catch and release fishers, angling is expected to have minimal impact on recovery of the populations.

This project led to the development of a hatchery manual for jungle perch production and to a summary brochure. In late 2014 and in 2015 researchers were able to make the first ever releases of jungle perch fingerlings back into rivers and streams within their historical range.

Item Type:Book
Projects:Project Number: 2012-213
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final report, Jungle perch, Kuhlia rupestris, hatchery production, restoration, fish stocking, captive breeding, larval culture, recreational fishing
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Deposited On:03 May 2016 02:52
Last Modified:03 May 2016 02:52

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