December 2018 update on King George whiting tagging project
A total of 480 King George whiting have now been tagged in Port Phillip and Western Port by recreational fishers in five main areas (Figure 1). There have been 22 recaptures of tagged whiting, giving a return rate of 5 % so far. The longest time between tagging and recapture so far has been 11 months for two fish in Western …
Whiting tagging project update newsletter
The first update newsletter for the King George Whiting tagging project is available on this link: Whiting tagging newsletter May 2018-1eepisg
April 2018 update on King George whiting tagging project
A total of 260 King George whiting have now been tagged in Port Phillip and Western Port by recreational fishers. There have been 19 recaptures of tagged whiting, giving a return rate of 7% so far. The longest time between tagging and recapture so far has been 11 months for two fish in Western Port. All fish have been recaptured …
Instructional video on tagging King George whiting
We have now added an instructional video on how to tag King George whiting to YouTube. The video can be found on the following link, https://youtu.be/vsBiQFqqvlc
High recapture rate of tagged whiting
Fishers have responded enthusiastically to the project with over 100 whiting tagged so far. The majority of these tagged fish have been large (around 40 cm length) including one specimen of 48 cm. Tagging these larger fish is ideal for the project as these fish would be expected to move out of the bays in the winter months and start moving along the …
Whopper whiting tagged!
One of our Western Port Whiting taggers has recently tagged and released a 48 cm whiting! Brave effort and will be difficult to top for the prize of biggest whiting tagged
King George Whiting science talk
Great to talk to over 300 recreational fishers in Mornington last night about King George Whiting Science. This was an opportunity to inform fishers about the new Whiting tagging project, and ask them to be on the lookout for tagged fish!
So far, one fisher from the Western Port Angling Club has managed to recapture two of the fish he tagged, one week and two weeks later from the same location! This is good news as it shows the fish are surviving are tag/release and are happily feeding.
We have just submitted our final report for the FRDC project “Spawning sources, movement patterns, and nursery area replenishment of spawning populations of King George whiting in south-eastern Australia – closing the life history loop”
A copy can be downloaded from the “Reports” page of this website