Freshwater fish stocking
Freshwater fish stocking in Queensland is the process of releasing young fish (fingerlings) into dams, weirs and rivers to enhance and maintain fisheries, provide mosquito control and assist threatened fish species to recover.
Fish are stocked in Queensland public waters by approximately 70 community-based fish stocking groups that have stocking permits. The Stocked Impoundment Permit (SIP) scheme provides funding for stocking groups at 63 impoundments in Queensland. Fish stocking groups also raise funds in the community to stock non-SIP dams, weirs and rivers.
Impounded waters such as dams need to be continually restocked because, in most circumstances, stocked species will not reproduce there. Most of the popular dam fisheries in Queensland are stocked each year with fingerlings to ensure the fishery remains successful into the future. Fish stocking records (XLS, 63KB) are released annually for your information.
Stocking your own dam
If you are planning on introducing fingerlings into your dam you must only introduce a species that already occurs naturally within the region. The reasons behind this are:
- a permit is not required to stock private waters with species local to your region
- if local fish escape during a flood there will be few impacts on other local species and their habitat
- local fish can survive local conditions
- local fish are available through hatcheries.
When choosing species to introduce it is best to check which drainage division your region is classified under. Identifying your drainage division will inform you which species are appropriate for your waters. Some fish species can also be introduced to provide mosquito control in private dams.
Local fish are available from:
- licensed fish hatcheries
- local councils (some local councils breed and supply native fish)
- the wild (if collecting local fish from the wild ensure you comply with possession limits and equipment standards).
Hatcheries for stocking native fish
Sunshine Coast Crayfish Producers
Granite Belt Fish Hatchery
Hanwood Fish Hatchery
GAWB and PA
Sunland FW Fish Hatchery
Betta Barra Tropical Fish Hatchery
Barramundi Blue Aquaculture
Redgate Fish Farm
Suncoast Native Fish
Giru Barramundi & Crayfish
Coral Coast Mariculture
Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre
Sleepy Haven Hatchery
Jungle Creek Aquaculture
Coral Coast Barramundi
Waterloo Fish Hatchery