Recfishwest Release 5,000 Baby Yellowtail Kingfish

We had the team from Recfishwest release 5,000 baby Yellowtail Kingfish into the Fremantle Sailing Club Marina this morning. The release involved pumping all the fish from a large tank that looked just like a trailer behind a ute. The fish were pumped through a tube into the ocean.

The trailblazing and ongoing yellowtail kingfish metro stocking program has seen 30,000 juvenile hoodlums released into Perth’s waters.

A three-year commitment to stocking kingies is part of the State Government’s COVID-19 fishing package announced by Premier Mark McGowan in August, 2020.

Recfishwest is proud to drive this new initiative, alongside DPIRD’s aquaculture team, to potentially unlock more diverse fishing opportunities for metro fishers.

All juvenile fish released through this program have their otoliths (ear bones) stained with special dyes to allow captured fish to be traced years later.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and joined us for such an amazing and unique experience.