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Local community help Western Local Land Services with Murray cod stocking event

Over 60 people including students from Wentworth and Pomona Primary Schools and local angling groups assisted Western Local Land Services carry out a one-off stocking event of 26,000 hatchery bred Murray cod fingerlings last Thursday, 6 April.

The stocking event, which was carried out across three sites in the lower Murray River, will help promote the recovery of the Murray cod population in the Murray area following the recent hypoxic blackwater event.

The lower Murray River release sites were chosen as they are recognised as providing suitable habitat for juvenile Murray cod within the region.

Western Local Land Services invited local schools, angling groups and stakeholders to one of the release sites, which was the Fort Courage Caravan Park boat ramp, via Wentworth.

This was done to increase community knowledge and awareness of the waterways and the threats to native fish populations and their habitat requirements.  

Western Local Land Services Senior Land Services Officer, Kade Small coordinated the project and community event and was pleased so many people found it informative.

“From early on we had great interest from the schools and community groups and that was evident on the day,” Mr Small said.

“All the school kids were interested in learning about the release and why we were doing it so hopefully they gained some knowledge around our waterways and the importance of their health.

“It was great organising this project knowing the school kids and a number of community groups would be able to take part and it turned out to be an informative and enjoyable day.

“Whilst re-stocking of fish is not the sole answer to restoring native fish populations it does provide the opportunity to help recover localised populations in response to disturbance events.”

At the other release sites, representatives from Tar-Ru Aboriginal Lands assisted in the stocking.

The release was made possible by funding provided under Catchment Action New South Wales and by the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries under their ‘Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program’.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.