Have your say on freshwater fish stocking

NSW DPI is inviting recreational fishers to have their say on where they would like to see some of their favourite freshwater species stocked.  

DPI works with fishos and communities to release key sportfishing species such as Murray cod, Australian bass, golden perch, rainbow trout and brown trout into public impoundments and dams each year during the stocking season.  

DPI has developed a new plan for recreational stocking of impoundments and reservoirs for the 2023-2024 season and would like feedback on what is proposed.  

This gives recreational fishers a great opportunity to recommend on where fish stockings take place in their favorite locations over coming seasons.  

A range of native fish including the iconic Murray cod are produced at DPI’s Narrandera Fisheries Centre. Australian bass are produced at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute and Trout and Salmon are bred at DPI’s Dutton and Gaden Trout Hatcheries. 

Last year’s stocking season saw more than 5.9 million fish released into NSW waters.  

Recreational fishing in NSW is a multi-billion-dollar industry and DPI is hoping to see plenty of fishers active in the local waterways, contributing to regional economies and helping boost our fishing assets after a challenging few years of drought, bushfires, floods and blackwater events.   

Check out the draft plan at the link below and provide comments by 15 September, 2023.

The draft plan is available here. For more information contact fish.stocking@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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