Native fish in Mullers Lagoon are vulnerable to the noxious Tilapia species. The pest was identified in the Bowen waterway by our Catchment Solutions water sampling team.
Tilapia displace and prey on local species and have been observed to spread disease in waterways where they have been previously found.
The Whitsunday Regional Council has plans to remove the pests, ensuring the eggs are destroyed and cannot repopulate.
It is a timely reminder on why it’s so important to monitor and address pest fish in our waterways. Increasing awareness of the threat Tilapia pose to our native species and ecosystems is on the council’s agenda however you can help too. Share this photo on social media with your fishing fan friends to do your bit.