Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

MAFSA World Sooty Championships

There are many small, not-for-profit organisations in the Mackay region that contribute to council’s vision “To become the best region for liveability and livelihood”.

One of those organisations is the Mackay Area Fish Stocking Association, better known as MAFSA.

MAFSA is an association of volunteers dedicated to improving freshwater recreational fishing in the Mackay area, by doing the following: replenishing the Pioneer River fisheries degraded by weir obstructions; stocking Eungella, Kinchant and Teemburra dams; ensuring access for recreational anglers; protecting, preserving, enhancing, promoting, and educating on the value of Mackay’s freshwater fisheries and consulting and liaising with all levels of government and their departments.

Since 1994, MAFSA has created magnificent fisheries in three of our local dams at Kinchant, Teemburra and Eungella, and these attract anglers from across Australia and around the world to experience what our region has to offer.

There has been exceptional growth in the popularity of freshwater fishing since MAFSA assumed responsibility for turning these waterways into world-class fisheries.

Their latest major project has involved the restoration of barramundi stocks in Teemburra Dam following the recent flood event in January, which saw large numbers of fish escape over the dam wall.

The fourth stocking will release approximately 20,000 – 24,000 fingerlings, which takes their stocking total for Teemburra to about 100,000 fingerlings.

This is a massive boost to rebuild this outstanding barra fishing location and is the result of the community’s effort and fundraising.

MAFSA has just hosted the 18th INDT World Sooty Championship at Eungella Dam, with a record participation of 108 anglers, including 27 juniors, in 65 boats.

The tournament was an outstanding success and attracted a nationally known fishing celebrity in Mark Berg.

He will televise an episode highlighting this tournament and other Mackay Region fishing attractions in the coming months.

This is an outstanding example of the dedication and hard work of the MAFSA volunteers and supporters that contribute so greatly to the liveability of the Mackay region.

If you’d like to join MAFSA, or contribute to the stocking of our local dams, get in touch with them at

Cr Belinda Hassan

Mackay Regional Council

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