Open season on Murray Cod

johnboy 1 December 2010 7

murray cod [Photo courtesy Wikipedia]

Simon Corbell has announced that as of today you can get yourself a tasty Murray Cod from the ACT’s rivers with the season opening albeit with some changes.

There are two amendments to the Fisheries Act 2000. The first increases the minimum size of cod that can be caught from 50cm to 60cm, which means the majority of individuals would have the opportunity to mature and breed before being caught.

The second alters the bag limit for catches from two fish greater than the minimum size with no upper size limit, to two fish with only one allowed to be greater than 100cm. This reduces the fishing pressure on large breeding individuals, vital for maintaining a sustainable population.

Apparently we’re now sensibly in line with NSW.


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Fisho Fisho 10:47 pm 02 Dec 10

p1 said :

But then torturing fish for fun really isn’t my bang, baby.

You should try catching them then.

RAGD RAGD 10:39 am 02 Dec 10

Ceej1973 said :

Did anyone else see the dead 50cm long carp on the verge of the Outrimm/Johnson Drive roundabout in Calwell tonight? Fish road kill isnt a pretty site!

I did see that. Weird. I told my wife that it was raining fish. She believed me for a little while. LOL!

Affirmative Action Man Affirmative Action Man 10:36 am 02 Dec 10

Are you guys kidding ?? Any legal cod will be in my frying pan that evening.

I was up the Darling River in April & fisheries were tagging lots of big breeders over 30 Kgs & at the Menindie lakes we caught heaps of juvenile cod & perch in our yabbie traps.

troutfisher troutfisher 11:36 pm 01 Dec 10

I fully agree that no river cod should be taken, they are an icon that has not enjoyed the protection they deserve. But there are many others, blackfish, trout cod, mountain galaxia, macquarie perch etc.

I would be more than happy to see some upland rivers designated to native fish and an unending season on trout declared in them.

The reality is though, that the trout related business generates much more money in the region, and as we are, or should be, realists, that fact will see the protection and controls currently in place remain that way.

I do enjoy catching trout but I also don’t want to see the extinction of our natives, tough balance.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 10:49 pm 01 Dec 10

Did anyone else see the dead 50cm long carp on the verge of the Outrimm/Johnson Drive roundabout in Calwell tonight? Fish road kill isnt a pretty site!

p1 p1 5:23 pm 01 Dec 10

Fisho said :

Of course if the powers that be were half serious about protecting any native fish they would have the same regulation and protection that spotty carp(trout) does.

Personally, I think that any introduced species of fish should be allowed to be killed onsite, just like feral pigs. Any native fish should be protected from any harm at all, just like platypuses.

But then torturing fish for fun really isn’t my bang, baby.

Fisho Fisho 5:00 pm 01 Dec 10

No murray cod should be taken from our rivers, they are part of an ever decreasing pool of wild genes.
If you want to eat a cod, get one from a stocked impoundment.

Most fisho’s I know wouldn’t take a cod over 80cm(if they took one at all)

Of course if the powers that be were half serious about protecting any native fish they would have the same regulation and protection that spotty carp(trout) does.

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