Restocking with native fish

Article image - Restocking with native fish Narromine locals restocking the Macquarie River with native fish.

The release of approximately 3400 Murray Cod and 4500 Golden Perch fingerlings took place along various locations of the Macquarie River early this year.

The fingerling release was part of a ‘Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program’ between Narromine Shire Council, Macquarie Cotton Growers Association and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Narromine Shire Council Mayor, Craig Davies, said, “Council has participated in the fish release program for 22 years with about 200,000 fingerlings released over this period.”

It is estimated that it takes around three to four years for the fingerlings to reach maturity and Council together with Macquarie Cotton Growers Association are working towards maintaining a balanced river ecosystem in the Narromine Shire by regularly stocking the Macquarie River with native fish species.

The Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program is recognised for its importance to the Narromine region in terms of providing quality recreational fishing, conservation outcomes, employment and subsequent economic benefits, he added.

Narromine Shire residents participated in the fish release at various locations including Narromine Boat Ramp (Rotary Park) and downstream at Turkey Farm Reserve and Trangie Ski Hole.