Springfield Lakes Family Pest Fishing Classic: Help Remove the Cane Toad of the Waterways

Spend a fun and enriching morning outside with your children as the third Springfield Lakes Family Pest Fishing Classic gets underway! Happening on Sunday, the 17th of Nov 2019, the event will help rid Spring Lakes of tilapia, the cane toad of the waterways, whilst participants may get a chance to win prizes.

The schedule of activities for the Springfield Lakes Family Pest Fishing Classic is as follows:

7:00 a.m.Sign in and briefing
7:30 a.m. Fishing commences
12:30 p.m. Fishing ends; Weigh-in and prize giveaways begin

Fishing at Spring Lakes is not permitted unless through this regulated event. This is your chance to expose your children to create awareness about the local biodiversity. Engaging the kids in this outdoor activity is also a good idea for them to learn valuable life skills and sustainability. 

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The Springfield Lakes Family Pest Fishing Classic is organised by Brisbane Valley Anglers Fishstocking Association (BVAFA) with 2 Bent Rods leading and teaching the participants. Whilst fishing, both children and adults will be able to:

  • learn about the pest species that affect the local waterways
  • help prevent an infestation
  • meet people and families who share a common goal and interest
  • give back to the community 

According to the rules of handling invasive pest fish, tilapia or similar species “are to be euthanised humanely as soon as they are caught.” These are not supposed to be sold or given away. All measures must be taken to “minimise the risk of these fish from escaping.”

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“These types of events are a lot of fun for the kids while also educating the community as well as the entrants. Tilapia is prevalent in many of our waterways and people need to be made aware of the best practices for dealing with them,” said Sam Beckmann of 2 Bent Rods.