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Native Fish Stocking Program

An application has been lodged by Council to take part in the Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program, organised through the Department of Primary Industries (DPI). ‚Äč

“Following the devastating drought, it would be great for fishers, both local and those travelling through, to see native fish numbers increase,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “If this application is successful, we are looking to restock the newly dredged Poundyard Weir in Coonabarabran.”

In 1998 the Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program was introduced for individuals, State Agencies, Community Groups, Local Councils and non-Government Organisations to apply for funding through the program.

Fish stocking is the release of fish fry or fingerlings into dams or river systems. Restocking of fish will only be permitted within the natural distribution area of the fish species and the waterway must have public access, suitable forage food, good water quality and provide protection from predators.

“Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries have confirmed that the Golden Perch and Murray Cod are suitable species to go into the Castlereagh River as part of the native fish stocking program,” Cr Todd explained. 

“Being a part of this program comes with many benefits for the Warrumbungle Shire, including enhancement of recreational freshwater fishing opportunities, support to local communities in the stocking of high value native fish species, and promoting the awareness of responsible stocking,” said Cr Todd.

“Council will be notified on the outcome of the application in the coming months,” concluded Cr Todd.

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Fish Stocking Program Golden Perch Filgerling Release

Last Updated: 03 Jul 2020

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