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The Life and Times of the Murray Cod

THE Murray cod is Australia’s largest and most iconic freshwater fish. Tales of the species have long been part of Australian folklore. 

The Life and Times of the Murray Cod draws on historical, anecdotal and scientific sources to reveal what makes this species so special. The book describes its history, biology, cultural significance and conservation.

The Life and Times of the Murray Cod reveals the many roles the species has played throughout the history of the continent, from its place at the heart of the Aboriginal creation story of the Murray River, its role as a food source for explorers surveying inland Australia in the early 1800s, to it forming the basis of a commercial fishing industry up to the early 2000s.

Living for upwards of half a century and growing to astonishing sizes, today the Murray cod is a hugely popular target for recreational fishing, but its future is anything but assured. In the face of climate change, river management and fishing pressure, much needs to be done to ensure this extraordinary fish swims confidently into the future.

The Life and Times of the Murray Cod will appeal to fishers, natural resource managers, conservationists and any reader interested in natural history.

  • Presents insights into the breeding, early life, growth, habitat, feeding and movement of the Murray cod.
  • Explores the relationships between people and the Murray cod in inland rivers, from pre-European through to modern times.
  • Describes the history of environmental change in the Murray–Darling Basin and the conservation principles to safeguard the Murray cod’s future.

Author Paul Humphries is a river ecologist and academic with 40 years’ experience in research in many parts of Australia and overseas. Paul co-edited Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes with Keith Walker in 2013, which won the 2013 Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Medal for outstanding zoological publication.

The book also has contributions by: W. Howard Brandenburg, Katherine E. Doyle, Cameron G. McGregor, Minda W. Murray.

You can pre-order your copy today on the CSIRO Publishing website.

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