Com­mu­nity ef­fort to re­stock en­dan­gered cod

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE South Bur­nett com­mu­nity has joined forces to help run a stock­ing pro­gram in the Coo­yar Creek sys­tem for the en­dan­gered Mary cod.

It is a com­mu­nity ef­fort to run the stock­ing pro­gram with the Coo­yar Am­a­teur Fish­ing Club, Mur­gon’s Han­wood Fish Hatch­ery and Stan­well join­ing forces to make it hap­pen.

Club pres­i­dent Peter Payne said the Mary cod breed­ing pro­gram was im­ple­mented in con­sul­ta­tion with Queens­land Fish­eries.

“With Mary cod be­ing an en­dan­gered species, this is an ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive and Coo­yar Creek has been iden­ti­fied as an ideal lo­ca­tion,” Mr Payne said.

The pro­gram is a longterm in­vest­ment into the re­gion as the species can take up to six years to ma­ture and the club is grate­ful for a $1000 grant from Stan­well to en­able it.

“This pro­gram would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of Stan­well and we are ex­cited to be in­volved in try­ing to pre­vent the ex­tinc­tion of the Mary River cod fish species and would like to ex­press our grat­i­tude to Stan­well for their fi­nan­cial sup­port,” Mr Payne said.

“We source our fin­ger­lings from Craig Han­wood of Han­wood Fish Hatch­ery of Mur­gon and with Craig’s help, and fish­ing club mem­bers, we dis­trib­ute the fin­ger­lings through­out Coo­yar Creek catch­ment sys­tems, also in con­junc­tion with Yar­ra­man Fish Stock­ing Group.” The Mary cod pro­gram is one of many stock­ing pro­grams the club runs with fundrais­ing ef­forts in the past used to stock fish va­ri­eties in­clud­ing yel­low­belly, bass and sil­ver perch into our lo­cal river and creek sys­tems.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Craig Han­wood sup­plied fin­g­ler­ings to stock Coo­yar Creek.

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