Tilapia busters!

ABC News recently published a story profiling the popularity of fishing for invasive species.

Species such as tilapia and carp have been an environmental disaster and, according to this ABC news report, fishos such as Jason Murdoch are helping to alleviate the problem.

In a man-made lake in suburban south-east Queensland, Murdoch discovered an environmental battleground, said the ABC.

Native fish are being outcompeted by one of the world’s most invasive fish, an aggressive species called Mozambique tilapia.

Their nests are clearly visible as white round patches, stripped of aquatic plants.

“You catch them on worms. You catch them on lures. They’re predatory and they will attack to defend their nests. They will eat other smaller fish,” Murdoch said.

“And I thought, ‘well, why not combine my love of fishing with doing something good for the environment and trying to remove as many of these pests as I can’.”

Read the full story here.

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