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#1 Westie

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:56 PM

Read this --> Article on Feral Fish in Swan River

#2 *Michael*

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:25 PM

It was always going to happen , my uncle was a marine biologist and started getting into the fresh water side of things and he pretty much raged at the in experienced fish keeper fish hobbyists on the other hand should very well know not to dump fish in rivers lakes etc this now will turn bad

#3 Midnite76

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:45 PM


I think as responsible fish keepers we should be doing what we can to assist in cleaning up our waterways.
It may even go someway towards showing the community that not all fish keepers should be viewed as environmental vandals.

Is there any way we can join or create a group that will assist in tackling the problem of introduced species?

When I get to Perth in December I would be keen as in assisting in something like this...

#4 FrontyKwal

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:05 PM

saw this video the other day that is relevant, so crazy



#5 *Michael*

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:05 PM



I really want to say that the video is fake lol but I'm gonna keep my opinion to myself but anyway
I think midnight could be on to something, with the release of that story in the paper is now sure to rattle
The sticks with fisheries etc etc mayb organize a day for members to unite and fish for feral cichlids make
Fun competition for biggest fish of the day I'm sure doin something fun
Like this will encourage members to come along for the day and show that it's not
The hobbyist but the in experienced , we house our fish till it's life is up or we move them
On appropriately I can proudly say iv never dumped a fish

#6 FrontyKwal

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

yeah i was a bit skeptical at first until i did some research and found this and many other websites talking about it

http://www.aquariuml...-In-Melbourne-D

#7 STEVEGREEN

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:10 PM

Hazelwood pondage is a water body next to a power station , that's perfect temp for cichlids to thrive

Not fake at all , shame it exists thou

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (Midnite76 @ Jun 27 2012, 07:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think as responsible fish keepers we should be doing what we can to assist in cleaning up our waterways

That's the spirit!

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Is there any way we can join or create a group that will assist in tackling the problem of introduced species?

ANGFA WA is currently working with government and other groups in developing a strategy to address this huge problem. We're not only concerned with the fact that ferals are present, but also that they are displacing our native freshwater fish.

We're looking to develop a comprehensive program that not only sees the removal of feral fish and prevents their reintroduction, but also coordinates the re-establishment of native fish populations.

-- Ben

PS Our last speaker presented research on the level of feral fish distribution on the Swan Coastal Plain

http://www.perthcich...showtopic=48728

#9 Kleinz

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:32 PM

You could get decent fillets off pearl cichlids that size. I wonder how they taste?

also, found this: http://fishingterrit..._050808_194.pdf

Introducing barramundi there would do much the same as Nile Perch did in Lake Victoria. Cichlid problem would be over.


Edited by Kleinz, 27 June 2012 - 11:39 PM.


#10 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:26 AM

QUOTE (Kleinz @ Jun 27 2012, 11:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could get decent fillets off pearl cichlids that size. I wonder how they taste?


apparently they would be nice to eat... was discussing this with someone else few days ago... was thinking about what fish species to stock my mates dam with... want something that grows all year round and can withstand zero degree temps up to low 30 degree temps... and is good to catch on a line and tastes good.... and would breed in the dam to suppy future stock of fish also...

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Introducing barramundi there would do much the same as Nile Perch did in Lake Victoria. Cichlid problem would be over.


yes very true... remember its a man made pond used to keep power towers cool so the big deal about wild cichlids isnt as bad as this makes it out to be..

if anyone can tell me where to catch "feral" fish in these quantities i'll be there every week trying my luck... i got a redtail cattie to feed.... maybe i could put the redtail on a lead with a harness and let it out for a feed for a couple hours then bring it back home.... lol.....

with all the doom and gloom forcast for the swan and canning rivers there may well be no native species left... if thats the case i'd be happy to catch an introduced species if nothing native will survive anymore...


#11 Scales

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:29 PM

Jonno go to the altone park rec centre and in the pond there you will catch hundreds of juvi pearl cichlids, best way to get a good quantity is to throw out some bread crumbs and when they group together throw out a throw net. Me and a mate if mine did this and ended up with about 60 or so after about 20 minutes, all of which got fed to me mangrove jack I had at the time smile.gif

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

awesome.... may well do that... shhh dont tell everybody else though!!! smile.gif


#13 Riggers

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:54 PM

Good find Jason, it's about time this sort of thing found its way to mainstream media, I believe there was a short piece about it on abc news as well smile.gif

#14 Westie

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:26 PM

and then this video on youtube from the swan river trust


#15 SamJohns

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:11 AM

Yet they're still sold regulary in your LFS. But when trying to find more exotic fish that wouldn't last a night in our water ways this time of year, they're on the noxious list.... Go figure!

#16 Midnite76

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:04 AM

The whole situation is ridiculous isn't it......

Sam's right,for those that are wanting to own those few exotics it is just getting soooo difficult.
Yet we are almost giving away koi, goldfish etc that thrive in our waterways

#17 tastyfish1980

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:49 AM

If it`s so easy to catch a bucket load of the Brazili`s, with bread, why haven`t the authority`s done the same? A few months back, one of the authority`s even resorted to closing off a section of Bennett brook and dynamited it. Talk about using the "sledge hammer" approach!

Edited by tastyfish1980, 01 July 2012 - 07:50 AM.


#18 Kleinz

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:49 PM

I think they usually get them by electrofishing.

Dunno how that goes at the rec centre though, as that lake has a big flock of Toulouse geese, which are pretty mean when riled.


#19 Scales

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:48 PM

It is rediculous how easy it is to catch copious fish at the rec centre, the main reason I suppose they havnt done anything is that the pond/lake runs both on private land (the golf course) and council land. This meaning that the council and the owners would have to work together both in effort and costs and what the golf course has is practically a private waterway fully stocked so why do anything about it?




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