Google Search for "Coila" and "prawns" and
you will find hit after hit referring to the famous prawns of
Coila Lake. Talk to old timers of Tuross and you will hear stories
of families prawning under torch light through summer. It was
a part of the tradition of celebrating summer holidays in Tuross
that has now become just a memory of the past
to be vast quantities of prawns in the lake to such an extent
that it attracted commercial fisherfolk to haul net them regularly.
Most often, after the plunder, there were prawns left for the
families to potter around with.
Up until 2009
it was allowable to under FISHERIES
MANAGEMENT (GENERAL) REGULATION 1995 - REG 29 to net haul
prawns on Coila Lake if the total length did not exceeding 75
metres; mesh throughout not less than 30 mm nor more than 36 mm;
length of each hauling line not exceeding 130 metres.
The total weight
of prawns caught in Coila Lake fell dramatically in 1993–1994
because the mouth of the estuary closed to the ocean in January
1993 and these subsequent closure may possibly have contributed
to the prawns fading away.
The Coila Bar
has been opened several times since the report of 1993-1994, in
1995, 1998, 1999 and in 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
of the openings can be see here and here
Bayesian Analysis of NSW Eastern King Prawn Stocks
coast lakes get prawn stocking for Christmas
Four million juvenile eastern king prawns are to be stocked in
southern NSW lakes from December 10-17.
will be placed in Wallagoot and Back Lake near Merimbula by University
of NSW staff.
juvenile prawns will be placed in Wallagoot Lake and one million
in Back Lake, as the second part of a three year research project
that is funded by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and carried
out by researchers from the University of New South Wales.
of Primary Industries (DPI) Recreational Fisheries Manager, John
Diplock, said the tiny stocked juvenile prawns weigh less than
a gram and will be able to be harvested when they reach about
50mm in total length.
stocked in the first stage of the project in late January 2007
(three million in Wallagoot and one million in Back Lake) have
shown good survival and excellent growth rates," Mr Diplock
prawns have now reached up to 30g in size and recreational fishers
have been reporting good catches. This bodes well for the success
of the second stage of the project," he said.
the three year study, fish will be caught from stocked and non-stocked
areas to estimate the proportion of the stocked prawns that are
consumed by predators," he said.
projects like this are important because over 18 million prawns
are harvested annually by recreational fishers Australia wide,
with over 65% of these being harvested in NSW.
King Prawn accounts for around 83 percent of the recreational
prawn catches in NSW," he said.
from recreational fishing license fees are placed into two Trusts,
one for saltwater and freshwater, with the money spent on projects
such as these to enhance recreational fishing in NSW.