Last call for feedback on native fish stocking plan

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NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is encouraging anglers and fishing clubs to provide feedback on the proposed native freshwater fish stocking plan for 2017/18 before the middle of next month.

DPI Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said DPI is responsible for stocking public dams and lakes across NSW to ensure recreational fishing and conservation of biodiversity continues.

“We are inviting the community to consider where we should prioritise our native fish stockings in the upcoming season to best enhance our inland recreational fisheries,” Westaway said.

DPI is encouraging fishers to identify any other freshwater lakes not currently listed in the plan that may be suitable for native fish stocking. 

The Australian bass, golden perch, Murray cod, silver perch and trout cod fingerlings released during the stocking program are produced at the DPI Hatcheries at Narrandera and Port Stephens.

Mr Westaway said production of native fish at the DPI Narrandera and Port Stephens fish hatcheries is supported by funds from the Recreational Fishing Trust. 

“I would encourage anyone who would like make comments on the plan to have their say before Friday 16th of June so that your views can be considered for next season’s stockings,” he said.

More information is available on NSW DPI’s website.

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