NSW’s first ever estuary perch stocking

Estuary perch will this week be released into Brogo Dam, NSW (image: Martin Auldist).

HISTORY is brewing in the waters of Brogo Dam, with the first ever release of estuary perch into NSW waters scheduled on Monday. 

The stocking is a combined effort of the Far South Coast Bass Stocking Association (FSCBSA) and Fisheries NSW, and has been 18 months in the making.

According to an article in the Narooma News, FSCBSA have been stocking and counting Australian bass in Brogo Dam for over 20 years and president Darren Redman is excited to grow the program.

“They’re an endangered species, estuary perch have been netted to near extinction.

“We’re regenerating the stock in our local system, reintroducing them in the hope they will begin repopulating naturally.”

The estuary perch are released as fry when they are about the size of a fingernail. Mr Redman said this is the best stage to release them because they can feed independently and haven’t develop a dependency on humans for food.

The FSCBSA plans to release 10,000 estuary perch on Monday and another 10,000 next year. Their population will be surveyed throughout the program by Dr Chris Welsh from Fisheries NSW.

You can read the full article HERE.

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