Fingerlings released into the Gwydir River at Bingara

January 25, 2019

Bingara Anglers Club President Stuart Lanagan, and committee member Steve Apthorpe were delighted to take delivery of 8,000 Murray Cod fingerlings on Tuesday afternoon.

The fingerlings were released at the boat ramp. NSW DPI’s annual Murray Cod stockings have been completed across NSW impoundments with additional strategic river stockings this year focusing on areas where community applicants couldn’t access fish under the dollar for dollar program.

“The sites are stocked by staff from DPI’s Narrandera Hatchery based on extensive consultation with fishing clubs and community groups and take into account the condition of the streams and impoundments,” a NSW DPI Spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately some of our major impoundments and streams have been in poor condition and haven’t been stocked this year, however plenty of areas have good conditions and we have stocked over 370,000 Murray Cod fingerlings in 17 impoundments and 30 river sites across the State.”

The spokesperson assured the Gwydir News that the fish are well past the larval stage which are vulnerable to cold water pollution and “will be fine”.

“We have stocked in other areas with good conditions on the Macintyre and Severn. We will consider those other areas for golden perch stockings depending on conditions and in consultation with local anglers.”