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Summer fish stocks set to rise

28 January 2015
Recreational fishers will see fish stocks rise as the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) releases more than 4 million fingerlings and fry into lakes, dams and rivers across NSW by the end of summer.
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While visiting the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said that over 100 popular fishing spots across NSW would benefit from the DPI’s fish stocking program.

“Throughout the 2014-15 fishing season, DPI plan to stock NSW public waters with around 60,000 Australian bass, 240,000 Murray cod, 650,000 golden perch, 225,000 silver perch, 150,000 Atlantic salmon, 560,000 brown trout, 100,000 brook trout, 24,000 trout cod and 1.9 million rainbow trout,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“Here at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, around 1.2 million Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and trout cod will be produced for dams and rivers from Albury all the way to Inverell."

The DPI hatcheries in Gaden and Dutton produce all trout that stocks NSW waterways, while the Narrandera and Port Stephens hatcheries produce native fish for stocking primarily into dams and lakes.

DPI’s fish stocking program benefits local communities by improving recreational fishing, ensuring conservation of certain species, and providing employment and tourism to regional areas.

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