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Fingerlings of hope

Wednesday, 9th December, 2020

School students join NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to release Murray Cod into the river. School students join NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to release Murray Cod into the river.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian helped release 60,000 baby Murray Cod into the Darling River at Menindee this week.

Premier Berejiklian joined Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall in the river township to oversee the DPIE Fisheries project.

The Premier Berejiklian said the return of the Murray Cod to the waterway was part of the NSW Government’s plan to help restock the ailing waterway.

“This is a historic day for the Menindee community and the Barkindji people in particular,” Premier Berejiklian said. 

“Two years ago widespread fish deaths were caused by high temperatures and record low rainfall so it gives me great joy to see these Murray Cod returned home and swimming through our healthy waterways.”

Mr Marshall said the Murray Cod released were the offspring of 70 rescued by NSW Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries from Menindee in 2019.

He said the newly introduced fish were a result of the NSW Government’s $10 million Fish Rescue Strategy, the state’s largest-ever breeding program.

“The rescued Murray Cod were taken to the NSW Government’s flagship fish hatchery at Narrandera, where they stayed until conditions improved,” Mr Marshall said. 

“DPI has done a phenomenal job in breeding these offspring. This program ensures the survival of our fish species, no matter how severe future summers might be.

“This is just the start of something special. These 60,000 Murray Cod are only the first of more than 400,000 fish to be stocked across the State this month alone, and we will continue breeding 2.5 million native fish species each year to keep our rivers stocked.

“The iconic Murray Cod is particularly special to both the Menindee region and local indigenous communities, so to stand here with key community members and First Nations representatives as these fish are returned to country is very moving.”

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