Fishstocking continues in Queanbeyan River

03 February 2016
Council will release over 8500 Murray Cod fingerlings into the Queanbeyan River this Friday as part of an ongoing re-stocking program. This year all fingerlings will be marked with calcein which will allow for Department of Primary Industry technicians to distinguish between wild and hatchery produced fish.

Funding for this project has been partially provided through the DPI’s Dollar for Dollar program grant of $3000 and matched by a Council contribution of $3000. The original goal of stock enhancement programs in NSW was to establish fish populations and create recreational fisheries in areas where none existed; Queanbeyan City Council restocks Murray Cod as a means to replenish the native species within the Queanbeyan River.

Recreational fishing has become a popular activity along the river, providing evidence that restocking has actually worked. However, problems connected with lost and littered fishing line and tackle are causing death and injury to fish, birds and other wildlife.

Within the last year, several incidents have occurred including lures being lodged in the webbing of a swan’s feet and wrapped around their beaks.

Council has received a grant from the DPI Recreational Fishing Trust for $2700 to install educational signs along with fishing line and tackle disposal bins, funded by Council, at six locations adjacent to fishing sites along the Queanbeyan River and Lake Jerrabomberra.

These bins are designed as a practical environmental solution for the recovery of lost fishing line and tackle that litter our beautiful waterways. The bins act as a means to collect fishing tackle and also as a behaviour change reminder that keeping your fishing spot tidy allows the fisher a better experience fishing.

This project address problems connected with lost and littered recreational fishing line; these include:
• death and injury to fish, birds and other wildlife like our beloved platypus,
• fish habitat degradation,
• pollution of the environment, and
• loss of quality fishing experience.

Along with the installation of the bins, the project includes an education campaign aimed at the prevention of fishing litter and conserving our wildlife. The program will be rolled out throughout 2016, finishing in September.