A new two year study, funded by recreational fishing licence fees, will improve our understanding of Victorian kingfish populations. Kingfish have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity among saltwater anglers who consider them great sport and very good eating.
Last summer, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay attracted large numbers of anglers chasing the species, which are also caught off the coast all the way from Portland to Mallacoota.
Fisheries managers want to learn more about kingfish populations including their growth rates, population structures and spawning habits.
The study will determine whether kingfish caught in Victorian waters are from a single stock or multiple stocks. It will also trial the use of satellite tags to better understand kingfish movement patterns, including depth and water temperature preferences.
Keen anglers can help with the study by donating kingfish frames and keeping records of their catches this summer. Scientists will extract otoliths (ear bones) from kingfish frames to determine their age.
To register interest in helping, anglers can contact Dr Corey Green (03) 5258 0275 or firstname.lastname@example.org