A PUSH to market Fraser Coast as Australia’s home of fishing took a step forward in February 2015 when University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Associate Professor in Climatology Joachim Ribbe met with Fraser Coast Opportunities acting Tourism Manager Tas Webber.
Associate Professor Ribbe, PhD research student Daniel Brieva and Griffith University scientists recently identified the seas near Fraser Island as an algae bloom hotspot and fish-feeding magnet.
Caused by the ocean upwelling, the formation of algae blooms play a crucial role in the fishing industry by producing a readily available food source for yellow fin tuna and other marine species.
Mr Webber said Fraser Coast Opportunities already had a recreational fishing strategy in place that proposed to market the region as Australia’s home of fishing.
“The research by Joachim and his fellow scientists gives the credentials for this region to back itself as Australia’s home of fishing,” Mr Webber said.