Having denuded the banks of the Molonglo (Willows! Evil! Burn them!) Territory and Municipal Services are now installing cod balls upstream of Lake Burley Griffin:
The nationally vulnerable Murray cod population has been given a helping hand in ACT waterways with the installation of 50 artificial fish habitat structures in the Molonglo River, Project Manager, Restoration of Waterways and Surrounds Project, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Rebecca Dawson, said today.
“This trial of fish habitat restoration, upstream of Lake Burley Griffin, consists of the installation of 50 concrete reef balls measuring 1.2 metres wide by 80 cm high and weighing over 500 kilograms,” Ms Dawson said.
“These fish habitats have been designed to act as ideal breeding locations for the Murray cod that prefer solid and well protected objects in which to lay their 50,000 eggs.
“It is hoped that in providing this habitat we will see an increase in the long-term viability of the Murray cod and other large native fish populations in the Molonglo River and throughout the ACT’s waterways.