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Rare blackfish make it all the way to the Stromlo water works

By johnboy 14 February 2013 9

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ACTEW Water have the cute story of two rare fish making the long an unexpected journey from Bendora to Stromlo:

A rare two-spined Blackfish, which employees from ACTEW Water’s Environment Team have appropriately nicknamed Nemo, will today return home.

The little fish made an epic journey from the Bendora Dam down miles of raw water pipes to the Mount Stromlo Water Treatment Works, where eagle eyed operators spotted it in one of the large filter beds, and undertook a swift rescue.

Once ‘Nemo’ had been fished out, the treatment plant operators made a makeshift home out of a plastic drum and quickly called on the expert environment team located in the adjacent Stromlo office.


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davo101 6:39 pm 17 Feb 13

Antagonist said :

First time I have heard that one, although I did laugh my butt off the first time I heard Dr Pratt telling people that Redfin had made it into Googong …

There is an established population of Redfin in the Googong reservoir (p.234 of the EIS) but I’m not entirely sure why that’s funny.

Antagonist 12:40 am 16 Feb 13

davo101 said :

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

On a slightly related note. Googong has no carp. The Murrumbidgee has carp. How will carp be kept out of Googong now the the pipeline is finished?

You’ve been carping on about this haven’t you?

Indeed. It should be pointed out that carp are already established in the Googong catchment, carp have been caught in the Googong reservoir during fish population surveys, and it’s inevitable that they’ll end up establishing themselves there. The best we can hope for is to delay it long enough for someone to come up with some sort of biological control measure.

First time I have heard that one, although I did laugh my butt off the first time I heard Dr Pratt telling people that Redfin had made it into Googong …

davo101 4:39 pm 15 Feb 13

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

On a slightly related note. Googong has no carp. The Murrumbidgee has carp. How will carp be kept out of Googong now the the pipeline is finished?

You’ve been carping on about this haven’t you?

Indeed. It should be pointed out that carp are already established in the Googong catchment, carp have been caught in the Googong reservoir during fish population surveys, and it’s inevitable that they’ll end up establishing themselves there. The best we can hope for is to delay it long enough for someone to come up with some sort of biological control measure.

MarkS 2:44 pm 15 Feb 13

Hi Pork Hunt – keeping carp out of the Googong catchment was a very important part of the pipeline project. We installed sophisticated fish egg filtration screens at the Murrumbidgee side – see our short YouTube clip on the screens at http://bit.ly/12mZsXX if you’re interested.

tuco 8:33 am 15 Feb 13

poetix said :

And I think there was only one fish involved, contra the first sentence of your story, JB, where you speak of two rare fish.

Nice of you to grant the lonely, questing fish a partner on Valentine’s Day.

Finally some poetry I know. “One fish? Two fish? Lost fish, blackfish.”

Thumper 8:24 am 15 Feb 13

He’s a freshwater flattie…

Cute little fellow.

poetix 8:48 pm 14 Feb 13

And I think there was only one fish involved, contra the first sentence of your story, JB, where you speak of two rare fish.

Nice of you to grant the lonely, questing fish a partner on Valentine’s Day.

poetix 7:55 pm 14 Feb 13

Pork Hunt said :

On a slightly related note. Googong has no carp. The Murrumbidgee has carp. How will carp be kept out of Googong now the the pipeline is finished?

You’ve been carping on about this haven’t you?

Pork Hunt 7:39 pm 14 Feb 13

On a slightly related note. Googong has no carp. The Murrumbidgee has carp. How will carp be kept out of Googong now the the pipeline is finished?

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