En­dan­gered cod get a help­ing hand

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - SCOTT KOVACEVIC [email protected]­etimes.com

THE en­dan­gered Mary River cod pop­u­la­tion in Bo­rumba Dam jumped yes­ter­day with 1000 fin­ger­lings re­leased into the pop­u­lar tourist spot.

The re­lease was part of a pro­gram to boost the wa­ter­way’s ecosys­tem and to bring the cod num­bers back out of the dan­ger zone.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Furner said the re­lease was a win for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“The 1000 fin­ger­lings that we’re re­leas­ing to­day will pro­vide sus­tain­abil­ity to the fish in these wa­ters.

It was also a big step for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“I’d like to see a legacy of pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for kids, the grand­chil­dren, to come out and throw a line into the wa­ter.”

De­spite the Mary River cod’s en­dan­gered na­ture its sta­tus as an apex preda­tor pre­vented more than the 1000 fin­ger­lings to be rein­tro­duced.

Fish­er­men who cast a line should also re­mem­ber to re­lease it af­ter grab­bing a quick pic­ture.

Those caught in Queens­land with even one Mary River cod could ex­pect to be out of pocket on-the-spot of more than $260.

A court ap­pear­ance could be on the cards for more se­vere breaches of the law.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

GONE FISHIN’: Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Furner re­leases en­dan­gered Mary River cod fin­ger­lings into Bo­rumba Dam.

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