RAINBOW TROUT species name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
Native to the west coast of North America and the pacific coast of North Asia (Siberia), this fish has been introduced into many countries around the world. It was first introduced into Tasmania via New Zealand in 1898. Occurs commonly around most of the state, but tends to be more successful in lakes than rivers.
Self-maintaining populations are not common, and consequently many lakes and private farm dams are stocked for angling purposes. They are considered by many anglers to have better fighting qualities than brown trout. They also make-up an important part of Tasmania's fin fish aquaculture industry.
GOLDEN RAINBOW TROUT species name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
Our golden rainbow trout originated from our own rainbow trout, these rare fish were then stripped of their eggs which were fertilized and hatched here at Mountain Stream Fishery. We now have our own brood stock and can successfully produce Golden Rainbow Trout. These fish are not sterile hybrids; they are simply a colour variation of the rainbow trout.
They are rare in the wild due to their bright colouring making them an easy target for predators.
BROOK TROUT species name: Salvelinus fontinalis
Brook trout are native to the east coast of North America. They were first introduced to Tasmania in 1883, but this introduction was unsuccessful. They were introduced again from Canada as recently as 1962 and a wild population has established in Clarence Lagoon. Other releases have occurred in the Anthony/Henty region on the west coast of Tasmania.
ATLANTIC SALMON species name: Salmo salar
Occur naturally in cold waters flowing into the North Atlantic Ocean. The first attempt to introduce Atlantic salmon to Tasmania was made from Europe in 1864. This, and several other attempts both last century and in the early 1900's, were unsuccessful in establishing wild populations in lakes or streams.
In fact, there are no self-sustaining populations recorded in Australia. In recent years, a successful reintroduction of this species has occurred for sea-cage aquaculture in Tasmania. Fish were transferred under quarantine from a landlocked hatchery in New South Wales and established in hatcheries supplying a number of sea-cage farms.