The State Liberals have welcomed the historic release of 40,000 Murray cod fingerlings into the River Murray today.
Shadow Minister for Recreation and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, who was on hand for the release, said the State Government must now develop and implement a long term management plan for the 40,000 Murray cod fingerlings released at Kingston-On-Murray and Swan Reach in the Riverland today.
“The stocking of Murray cod into the River Murray in South Australia is an historic moment and long overdue,” Mr Whetstone said.
“By supporting in the rehabilitation of the species, the stocking program is likely to provide benefits for recreational fishers in the future and in turn provide a tourism drawcard.
“It is estimated that about $150 million is pumped into our visitor economy each year as a direct result of recreational fishing.
“The State Liberals have been strong advocates for a stocking program for Murray cod, so I was pleased to see the fingerlings released into the River Murray.
“This stocking program is a long term investment and it is likely to be years before we see the fruits of today’s fingerling release.
“Hence it is critical the State Government has a plan in place to monitor and re-stock Murray cod.”
Fishing of Murray cod has been restricted since 2008, with the fishery closed to all activity in 2009 and opened for a limited catch and release season each year since 2011. It is also illegal to take Murray cod out of the water in order to take photographs.