Thursday, February 29, 2024

Murray Cod feature in Monster Fish doco

AUSTRALIA’S iconic Murray cod is the feature of a documentary to appear nationwide on the National Geographic Channel later this month.

The program titled Danger Down Under highlights the conservation work of NSW DPI staff based at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre. Filming took place in the Riverina as part of the Monster Fish series with Zeb Hogan, which showcases large freshwater fish from all over the world.

NSW DPI Narrandera Fisheries Centre research scientist, Dr Lee Baumgartner, said a film crew visited the Riverina region last year to film the documentary and raise awareness about issues facing the iconic Murray cod.

“Over the years Murray cod have suffered substantially due to overfishing, habitat loss, poor water quality, pest species and river regulation,” he said.

“The main message of the documentary is that the Murray cod might be one of the few monster fish species in the world that are recovering, thanks to a basin-wide initiative to recover native fish in the Murray-Darling system.”

The documentary screens on Friday August 26 at 10:30am and Saturday August 27 at 5:30 pm.

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