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“Catch and release’’ urges CMA

Friday 9 December, 2005
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, the region’s caretaker of river health, is urging people to consider throwing back Murray Cod that are over the legal catch size and could be retained.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, the region’s caretaker of river health, is urging people to consider throwing back Murray Cod that are over the legal catch size and could be retained.

The CMA is praising the action of cod fishers who are choosing to catch and release bigger fish saying they are safeguarding the species and ensuring its protection for future generations.

The CMA’s River Health Strategic Manager Wayne Tennant commended Mark Knihinizkij who landed this one metre Murray cod (estimated at +50lbs) (See attached image) at a secret location on one of the region’s waterways.

After the moment was captured on film, the cod was returned to the waters by Mark and friend Daniel Steel both of Wangaratta.

Another keen fisherman Greg McKenzie of Kyabram said he believed that some fishermen were still retaining undersized cod.

“My son Heath was fishing at Ulupna Island a few years ago and caught an 60 lb cod, took some photos and released it,’’ Greg said.’

“I hope people are doing the right thing so we can all continue to enjoy fishing,’’ Greg said.

Release ends

For more information telephone Wayne Tennant on 0417 503 436.