Fish­ing club’s Ed­ward re­lease

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Al­most 30,000 yel­low­belly fin­ger­lings were re­leased in De­niliquin on Satur­day, which was the first lo­cal re­lease in three years.

The six-week old fin­ger­lings, which mea­sure about one-inch long, were trans­ported from Uarah Fish­eries at Grong Grong, NSW and re­leased into the Ed­ward River at three lo­ca­tions.

The re­lease was or­gan­ised by the De­niliquin RSL Fish­ing Club, from pro­ceeds raised through its XXXX Gold Fish­ing Clas­sic and other ac­tiv­i­ties, plus rev­enue from fish­ing li­cences.

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presi- dent An­drew Hall said they were re­leased at Twin Rivers, McLean Beach and the boat ramp at the River­side Car­a­van Park.

‘‘It’s our first re­lease in town for three years af­ter de­cid­ing to help re­stock be­low Kyalite and the lower Wakool Rivers af­ter the black­wa­ter events (which killed aquatic an­i­mals in large sec­tions of the river).

‘‘We chose not to re­stock any Mur­ray cod this year be­cause fish­eries re­search has shown there is enough nat­u­ral re­cruit­ment of the species in the Ed­ward.

‘‘Yel­low­belly, how­ever, are not breed­ing as well.’’

Fish­ing club mem­ber Jor­dan Hall re­leas­ing the fin­ger­lings at McLean Beach.

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