Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced the completion of the Fish Stocking Plan for the Australian Capital Territory 2009-2014.
The upshot of which is that we’re going to get more baby fish pushed into the lakes in the hopes that our rapacious anglers will give the native fishies in the streams and rivers a break:
- Approximately 50,000 fingerlings will be introduced to ACT waterways this year with over 2.2 million having been added since 1981.
The ACT Government focuses on stocking native species such as Murray Cod and Golden Perch, which adapt well to our local lakes.
“These species survive well and help to create a more balanced ecosystem in the artificial environments of our lakes and ponds,” Mr Stanhope said.
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The monitoring of Canberra urban lakes takes place each year to check the success of fish stocking activities. Maintaining healthy fish populations in our urban lakes provide great fishing opportunities for recreational fishers while also helping to reduce the pressure on native fish in our non-urban rivers and streams.
The final plan will, one day, appear on the DECCEW website.
UPDATED: The plan has appeared on the TAMS website.