Macquarie River receives thousands of native fingerlings

Around 12,000 Golden Perch fingerlings were released into the Macquarie River in Narromine in early April to help restore the native fish population in our natural waterways.

The release is part of a ‘dollar for dollar native fish stocking’ program between the Department of Primary Industries, Recreational Fishing Trust, Narromine Shire Council and the Macquarie Cotton Growers Association.

Narromine Shire Council’s General Manager Jane Redden said “Council has participated in the program for over twenty years with an estimated 160,0000 – 200,000 fingerlings being released during this time”

“It is estimated that it takes around three – four years for the fingerlings to reach maturity”

“Regular stocking of the Macquarie River plays a vital role in maintaining a balanced river ecosystem” she said.

“Usually, Murray Cod fingerlings are also released however this year they were not available for release”

The program aims to;

Fish stocking is recognised for its importance to the community in terms of providing quality recreational fishing, conservation outcomes and employment opportunities as well as assisting in reversing the impacts of introduced species to the natural waterways.

Photo: Narromine Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Craig Davies releasing the fingerlings into the Macquarie River