Trout stockings get underway

The stocking of over 1.7 million trout produced at the Dutton Hatchery near Ebor in NSW is underway across the New England and Central Tablelands.

Industry & Investment NSW Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said that the 2010/11 trout stockings will provide both economic and recreational benefits to many regional centres across NSW.

“Staff at the NSW Government’s Dutton Trout Hatchery have been busy producing rainbow and brown trout for the New England and Central Tablelands regions.

“The recent rainfall has created ideal conditions for trout in the streams and rivers across these regions.

“Stocking will continue to take place over the next two months, with these regions to receive a total of 393,500 brown trout and 1,323,400 rainbow trout by the time stocking is complete.

“In two years these trout will be mature, which is great news for anglers.”

Westaway said the stockings will take place with the help of local Trout Acclimatisation Societies.

“Trout fry stockings in streams in this region would not be possible without the assistance of the New England Trout Acclimatisation Society, Central Acclimatisation Society and Orange Trout Acclimatisation Society members who voluntarily distribute the trout into streams for the benefit of all anglers in NSW,” he said.

From next month larger trout fingerlings will be released into lakes and dams including Lake Lyell, Lake Wallace and Thompsons Creek Dam near Lithgow, Ben Chifley Dam near Bathurst and Gara Dam near Armidale.

Trout fingerlings sourced from Jindabyne’s Gaden hatchery will be stocked into the Snowy Mountains and Southern Highlands regions from the end of November. 

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