Lessons Learned from Queensland’s Pest Fish Management Program

Pest fish have been recognised as a problem in Queensland since the 1970s. However, it wasn’t until 1999 that the Queensland Fisheries Service (QFS) instigated the exotic pest fish management program in response to significant community concern about the issue. The program developed and is now based on the framework provided by Control of Exotic Pest Fishes – an operational strategy for Queensland freshwaters 2000 – 2005.

The Strategy recognises that broad scale eradication is not possible. Priority is given to controlling the spread of established exotic pest fish and preventing the introduction of new species. It is also underpinned by the concept that control programs should be looking at managing impacts, not numbers of fish. Tools for controlling the spread of established pest fish include a regional planning process, a rapid response protocol, a reporting procedure and small-scale eradications. Education is the most powerful way of preventing new introductions and an extensive education program has been implemented throughout Queensland. Additionally, legislative reform is underway to expand the Queensland noxious fish list.

Author Burton, A. M.
Year 2003
Secondary title River Festival 2003
Place published Brisbane
Publisher Department of Primary Industries, QLD
Pages 6
Region QLD