DR James Haddy from IMAS in Launceston is running a King George whiting frame donation research program. It appears that the adult whiting move out of the estuaries to spawn in deeper coastal areas up to 100m deep in April, and although he has sampled over 588 fish so far, he doesn’t have any mature/spawning fish captured in April. This is despite 7 years of sample collection. Information on adult whiting is important to assess the current minimum legal size of whiting in Tasmania. Currently, the smallest mature female recorded in Tasmania measured 37cm in total length with the next smallest individual measuring 40cm TL. What he needs is if anybody catches a whiting (particularly in coastal waters in APRIL) is to donate the fish frame for science. So instead of throwing the fish in the bin or back in the water after its been filleted.
SO it would be great that if you catch whiting please consider donating the frame for science and contact him. He is also presenting a talk on assessing fish biology using his previous research on estuary perch, southern blue spot flathead, rock flathead, Snook, and whiting at the North West Recreational Fisheries Public Forum in Devonport, on the 16 April 2018 at the Mersey Yacht Club East Devonport between 6:30 and 8:00pm.
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