Hatchery back in the business of breeding

June 10, 2014

After a break of some years, the Bingara Murray Cod hatchery committee members and looking forward to recommencing their Yellowbelly breeding program.

A few years ago, the hatchery had to cease the program because it didn’t comply with current rules and regulations.

Armed with a large list from the Department of Primary Industries, the committee set about fixing things, bit by bit.

“We had to make our brood ponds bigger, so we can breed both cod and yellowbelly,” spokesperson for the committee, Leanne Riley, said.

With great help from Council, the dams were enlarged. The committee also received great help from Joseph Wright from Inverell fisheries, who worked through the issues facing the committee.

“After a long battle of fixing many things, and buying a lot of new equipment, we finally got the tick of approval from the DPI to start breeding fish again,” Leanne said.

Committee members are now in the process of catching brood fish and at the end of the year, members hope to again ‘hear the swish of little fins’.