Murray cod going into Gungahlin Pond

johnboy 14 January 2013

It may be 14 January but the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have just posted an announcement dated 7 January on the good news they’re stocking Gungahlin Pond with 6,000 baby Murray Cod:

ecreational fishers and the environment will benefit from the release of 6000 Murray cod fingerlings into Gungahlin Pond on 8 January, Environment and Sustainable Development Acting Director-General, Ben Ponton, said today.

Another 100,000 golden perch will be released in the next few weeks in urban waterways.

“The release of these native fish is part of the ACT Fish Stocking Plan and involves the ACT Government, National Capital Authority and Canberra Fisherman’s Club,” Mr Ponton said.

“The ACT Government’s contribution this year is the 6,000 Murray cod and 40,000 golden perch, which adapt well to our local lakes and improve the biodiversity of our local waterways.

“The fish are only 4-7cm long on release, but this is the optimal size as the fingerlings are past the high mortality of larval stage fish and are able to adapt to the lake environment more easily than older captive-bred fish in that may have difficulty acclimatising.

“The Murray cod should be the legal angling size for recreational fishing in three to four years and the golden perch in two to three years.”

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