Red spotted barramundi return after recent floods

RED SPOTS AGAIN? A recreational fisherman took this photo on the Boyne River this week. He said most of the barra he caught had smaller red marks than this fish.
RED SPOTS AGAIN? A recreational fisherman took this photo on the Boyne River this week. He said most of the barra he caught had smaller red marks than this fish. Contributed

IS THIS Groundhog Day, or Red Spot Barramundi Day?

Almost two years after so-called "red spot disease" struck barramundi in the Boyne River and Gladstone Harbour, it seems the same symptoms have turned up after last month's floods.

After initial investigations in 2011-12, it was decided the fish never had red spot disease, but the red lesions were a type of skin infection.

Fisheries Queensland believes the lesions in 2011 were caused as thousands of barramundi spilled over Awoonga Dam and were weakened by the ordeal.

The anonymous fisherman who took this photo said he had been fishing regularly in the Boyne since this year's floods and "80-90%" of the fish he caught had small red lesions.

He said he had not seen the lesions for about a year.

Topics:  barramundi, boyne river, fish health, floods, red spot disease



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