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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

Hatchery name

Species available

Sunshine Coast Crayfish Producers
91 Toolborough Road
YANDINA  QLD  4561
Contact: Ross & Vicki Rickard
Phone: (07) 5446 6319
Email: redclawcrays@yahoo.com

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch
  • Saratoga (southern)

Bundy Barra
9 Victory Terrace
BUNDABERG  QLD  4670
Contact: David & Leanette Harrison
Phone: (07) 4159 9666

  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)
  • Silver perch
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch

Ausyfish Pty Ltd
PO Box 324
CHILDERS  QLD  4660
Contact: Bruce Sambell
Phone: (07) 4126 2226
Email: admin@ausyfish.com
www.ausyfish.com

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Murray cod
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch
  • Saratoga (southern)
  • Silver perch
  • Sleepy cod

Wayne Spencer
3316 Dawson Highway
CALLIOPE  QLD  4680
Phone: 0419 671 151

  • Saratoga (southern)

Australian Native Fish Enterprises
38 Cameron Rd
BURPENGARY  QLD  4505
Contact: Andrew Shaw
Phone: 0403 043 819
Email: anfe.nativefish@gmail.com
www.ausnativefish.com.au

  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)
  • Golden perch
  • Murray cod
  • Silver perch
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch
  • Australian bass
  • Saratoga
  • Sleepy cod

Granite Belt Fish Hatchery
166 Donges Rd
SEVERNLEA  QLD  4380
Contact: Nick Donges
Mobile: 0400 792 986
Email: gbfh2005@gmail.com

  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch
  • Murray cod

Hanwood Fish Hatchery
MS 361
MURGON  QLD  4605
Contact: Max & Deirdre Cluff
Phone: (07) 4168 1558

  • Australian bass
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch
  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)
  • Golden perch
  • Murray cod
  • Saratoga (southern)
  • Silver perch
  • Sleepy cod
  • Sooty grunter

GAWB and PA
147 Goodoon St
GLADSTONE  QLD  4680
Contact: Kurt Hutchby
Phone: (07) 4972 9548

  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)

Sunland FW Fish Hatchery
40 Gilson Road
BOREEN POINT  QLD  4565
Contact: Gwen Gilson
Phone: (07) 5485 3144
Mobile: 0427 626 552
Email: sunland1@westnet.com.au

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Saratoga (southern)
  • Silver perch
  • Sea mullet
  • Mary River cod (private waters and aquarium only)

Betta Barra Tropical Fish Hatchery
Mail Service 1318
YUNGABURRA  QLD  4884
Contact: Les & Lorraine Rodgers
Phone: (07) 4095 3824

  • Barramundi (mid north-east coast strain)
  • Sooty grunter

Leigh Oakley
10 Capri Court
NOOSA HEADS  QLD  4567
Phone: (07) 5449 2454
Mobile: 0412 665 516

  • Australian bass
  • Silver perch
  • Murray cod

Barramundi Blue Aquaculture
PO Box 690
INGHAM  QLD  4850
Phone: (07) 4777 2744

  • Barramundi (mid north-east coast strain)

Redgate Fish Farm
122 Redgate Road
MURGON  QLD  4605
Contact: David Rose
Phone: (07) 4168 1646
Mobile: 0427 743 854
Email: redgatefishfarm@yahoo.com.au

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch

South East Queensland Fish Pty Ltd
1044 Beenleigh-Beaudesert Rd
LUSCOMBE  QLD  4207
Phone: (07) 5546 4462
Email: sales@seqfish.com.au
www.seqfish.com.au

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch
  • Murray cod
  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)
  • Sleepy cod
  • Eel-tail catfish
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch

Suncoast Native Fish
Lot 3 Kimbah Court
COOROIBAH (via NOOSA)  QLD  4565
Contact: Chris Muir
Phone: (07) 5455 5392
Mobile: 0432 485 988

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch

Giru Barramundi & Crayfish
"Sandy Creek"
255 Sandy Camp Rd
PO Box 138
GIRU  QLD  4809
Contact: Ron Shaw
Phone: (07) 4782 9012
Mobile: 0438 220 764
Email: giru_barracrays@harboursat.com.au

  • Barramundi (mid north-east coast strain)

Coral Coast Mariculture
652 North Littabella Rd
MULLETT CREEK (via BUNDABERG)
QLD  4670
Contact: Clive Keenan
Phone: (07) 4156 1600
Fax: (07) 4156 1680
Mobile: 0402 482 588
Email: ccm@bordernet.com.au

  • Australian bass
  • Barramundi (south-east coast strain)

Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre
C/Carpentaria Shire Council
29-33 Haig St
PO Box 31
NORMANTON QLD 4890
Contact: Chris McDonald
Phone: (07) 4745 9359
Fax: (07) 4745 9099
Email: barradc@carpentaria.qld.gov.au
http://karumba.qld.au/

  • Barramundi (south-east Gulf of Carpentaria strain)

Redclaw Aquatica
71 Murphy Road
BEERBURRUM  QLD  4517
Phone: (07) 5496 0448
Mobile: 0403 009 734
Email: crays@redclawaquatica.com.au

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch
  • Silver perch
  • Barcoo grunter / jade perch

Russell Manning
23 Liane Dr
Lake Macdonald
COOROY  QLD  4563
Phone: (07) 5447 7040
Mobile: 0488 162 326
Email: fishfarmer@bigpond.com

  • Australian bass
  • Golden perch (Murray–Darling strain)
  • Mary River cod

Louise Joyce
Gyranda
THEODORE  QLD  4719
Phone: (07) 4993 7144
Email: aljgyranda@bigpond.com

  • Saratoga (southern)

Sleepy Haven Hatchery
26 Wechsels Road
CHILDERS  QLD  4660
Phone: (07) 4126 2385
Mobile: 0417 884 442
Email: sleepyhavenhatchery@westnet.com.au

  • Sleepy cod

Jungle Creek Aquaculture
34 Old Palmerston Highway
INNISFAIL  QLD  4860
Phone: (07) 4064 4235
Email: junglecreekaquaculture@gmail.com 

  • Barramundi (mid north-east coast strain)
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Last updated
15 September 2016

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