They’ve buzzed off

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

NOT that any­one’s dis­ap­pointed, but where have the mozzies gone? Well, thank good­ness, a lot of them. Two or three weeks ago a stroll any­where out­doors was al­most an or­deal be­cause of the abun­dance of the blood suck­ing in­sects who thrived in the wet spring and got to plague pro­por­tions.

But over the past week or so a lot of peo­ple have com­mented they seemed to have de­creased dra­mat­i­cally in num­bers although far from com­pletely dis­ap­pear­ing. Tocumwal Bridge from Septem­ber 1 to Novem­ber 30 was banned. Ini­tially the ban was in­tro­duced to as­sist with a re­vival of dwin­dling na­tive fish species, par­tic­u­larly trout cod. But trout cod are now pro­lific in this area and ac­cord­ing to Jim Muir­head, South West An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­nior vice pres­i­dent, it’s time to re­assess the long time bans which he said af­fects lo­cal tourism and busi­nesses. Fish­eries NSW ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr Geoff Al­lan has in­di­cated he would be pre­pared to come to the area and dis­cuss the pro­posal but it’s not likely to hap­pen for a year or two. And an­glers are geared up for the open­ing of the new Mur­ray Cod sea­son which opens at mid­night tonight af­ter a three month clo­sure for the breed­ing sea­son. Cod can only be kept be­tween 55cm and 75cm and only two keep­ers are al­lowed per day with four in pos­ses­sion in in­land wa­ters. Peo­ple are urged to ‘dob in’ any­one sus­pected of il­le­gal fish­ing by call­ing Fishes Watch on 1800 043 536.

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