Mur­ray cod and cray sea­son now closed

Shepparton News - Country News - - GRASSLAND CONFERENCE -

NSW DPI is re­mind­ing recre­ational fish­ers that the an­nual Mur­ray cod and Mur­ray cray­fish sea­son for NSW wa­ters closed on Fri­day, September 1.

DPI’s In­land Recre­ational Fish­eries se­nior man­ager Cameron West­away said the three­month fish­ing clo­sure for Mur­ray cod aimed to pro­tect the na­tive species dur­ing its breed­ing sea­son.

‘‘The na­tive Mur­ray cod is a prized catch for fresh­wa­ter an­glers, as they can grow up to 1.8 m and weigh up to 100 kg,’’ Mr West­away said.

‘‘From 1 September un­til 1 De­cem­ber, 2017, fish­ing for Mur­ray cod in NSW wa­ters is pro­hib­ited.’’

An­glers are also re­minded the trout cod, found in parts of the Mur­ray-Mur­rumbidgee rivers, are to­tally pro­tected year-round.

‘‘The trout cod pro­tec­tion area on the Mur­ray River, be­tween Yar­ra­wonga Weir and Tocumwal Rd Bridge, is closed to all forms of fish­ing dur­ing the Mur­ray cod closed sea­son from September to De­cem­ber,’’ Mr West­away said.

‘‘The Mur­ray cray­fish fish­ery is also closed all year as they are a vul­ner­a­ble species and can only be legally taken in spec­i­fied wa­ters of the Mur­ray and Mur­rumbidgee rivers from June 1 to Au­gust 31.’’ ■ Any­one who is un­sure of the rules and reg­u­la­tions should con­tact their lo­cal fish­eries of­fice be­fore they go fish­ing. ■ Peo­ple can re­port sus­pected il­le­gal fish­ing to the Fish­ers Watch line on 1800 043 536.

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