Recreational anglers assist with flathead genetic research


THE NSW DPI have recently completed a study of dusky flathead in NSW to establish the genetic structure of the species along the coast.

With the help of recreational fishers, fin clip samples were collected from 236 fish from eight estuaries between the Clarence River and Tuross.

In collaboration with the University of Sunshine Coast, DPI researchers found duskies comprise a single population within NSW, with evidence of mixing of fish from different estuaries.

Dusky flathead are one of the most popular and accessible sportfish in NSW and the findings of the study are expected to greatly assist with broodstock collection for future planned stocking. This follows the trial of flathead fingerling production at DPI’s Port Stephens Marine Fish Hatchery.

Stay tuned for more news on proposed flattie stockings in NSW.

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