Fishing trends along the ‘Bidgee to be examined

THE Narrandera Fisheries Centre will host a community research outcomes seminar next week (Friday 2 August) to discuss results from the recent angler survey along the Murrumbidgee River.

The seminar Who Caught What and Where? Results of the Murrumbidgee River Angler Survey 2012-2013 will be presented by NSW Department of Primary Industries senior fisheries technician (and PhD candidate) Jamin Forbes.

“The seminar will discuss the results of the study of recreational anglers between Berembed Weir and Yanco Weir,” Forbes said.

“The main focus of the fisher survey was to identify which species were caught, which species were kept and where anglers targeted their efforts.

“Murray cod and golden perch were the primary focus of the survey, however, we also collected important information on other species.

“Knowing how many fish have been caught and harvested, and the effort involved in their capture, is important for the effective management of the fishery.”

The study was conducted from April 2012 to April 2013 and provided information on angling trends on a seasonal basis.

The outcomes seminar will be commence at 6.30pm at the DPI’s Narrandera Fisheries Centre, John Lake Centre, Buckingbong Road, Narrandera. The presentation is expected to run for one hour, with questions.

Cost of admission is $5 per adult and $3 per child (under 12), which includes a BBQ meal and light refreshments after the presentation. DPI Fisheries staff will also be available for those who’d like to discuss fisheries-related topics in greater detail.

The John Lake Centre, featuring a native fish aquarium and poster display, will be open from 6pm, as well as after the seminar, for anyone wishing to do a casual tour of the facilities.

Seats are limited, so bookings are essential. Contact the Narrandera Fisheries Centre on (02) 6958 8200 between 9am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

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