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Murray cod season opens at midnight

By Barcham 30 November 2013 22

For the hunter gatherers among you:

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate would like to advise anglers that the Murray Cod fishing season re-opens at midnight on Saturday, 30th November 2013.

“In order to maintain our Murray Cod stocks and allow the fish to spawn, the ACT season closed on 31 August 2013 for a three month period,” Daniel Walters, Director of Environment Protection and Water Regulation said today.

“During this time fishing for Murray Cod in all ACT waterways was prohibited.

“As with previous years, there is a daily bag limit of two Murray Cod per person per day and a minimum legal length of 60cm, however anglers may have only one over 100cm in their possession.

“It is important that anglers are fully aware of the fishing rules before dropping a line,” Mr Walters said. Anglers should be aware that fishing activities are regularly monitored in the ACT with fines applicable to those found carrying out illegal conduct.

Penalties of up to $5000 apply for contravention of the Fisheries Act 2000.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the ‘Recreational Fishing in the ACT’ information sheet, contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 or visit www.environment.act.gov.au

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rigseismic67 8:51 am 17 Dec 13

I grew up fishing regularly and cannot understand why anyone would kill one of these great river monsters. Catch and release unless its an introduced species.

greencod 5:37 pm 02 Dec 13

The ‘hunting/killing/food for the pot’ theme accompanying this post is out of place.

No thinking person would dream of killing a wild Murray cod out of the Murrumbidgee River.

In a responsible world with responsible, precautionary, pro-active government and management agencies, the Murray cod of the ACT Murrumbidgee would already be “catch-and-release” only.

Wild river Murray cod are precious, they are not common, and they are under a lot of pressure from introduced carp, the introduced anchor worm carp spread (an horrific parasite), introduced redfin, massive reductions in flows (from ACTEW’s environmentally indefensable water off-take and the grotesque environmental outrage that is Tantangara Dam) and massive siltation and pollution from both urban Canberra and poorly managed agricultural lands.

We hope they will yet be made “catch-and-release” only.

For those who MUST kill a Murray cod, there are stocked Murray cod in impoundments and taking one of them does far, far less damage than taking a wild river fish.

I will concede angling is ethically a touch grey. It’s an issue I’ve thought about a lot.

I have decided I am comfortable angling for native fish on a catch-and-release basis under the following “personal rules” that I follow at all times:

– strictly catch and release

– best practice catch and release — only lures with barbless hooks, only strong tackle (so fish are not “over-played” and exhausted), no use of landing nets, no placing of fish on hot/dry/rough surfaces (disastrous for cod species), no dangling of fish by their jaws or gills (proven now to cause ligament and spinal damage in fish), if fish are lifted from the water they are handled with wet hands and lifted horizontally with both hands supporting their weight, and only one or two quick photos taken.

– no long stupid brag-photos sessions

– fish are back in the water in 30 seconds or so

– closed season is strictly observed, and cod are also (voluntarily) not pursued in winter. (It is utterly proven, scientifically, that cod caught and released in winter will resorb their developing eggs and not spawn, but both the average fisherman and fishery departments *don’t wanna hear it* and *don’t wanna do something about it* (i.e. extend the start of the closed season back to 1 June, or at least 1 July.))

I will not whitewash the problems that come with angling, but I will point out there are benefits too.

The better fishermen become very passionate about native fish, their plight, their habitats, their survival.

To know Murray cod (to get specific) is to know how utterly magnificent, charismatic and inspiring they are, and how important it is to look after wild populations.

Out of sight, out of mind — I’m sorry, but I’m yet to meet a single inner-city, vegan, PETA-joining, anti-fishing type who knows anything about Murray cod, much less has a raging passion for their conservation.

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