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Endangered Species, Trout Cod - New Recruits in the Goulburn River

Friday 18 January, 2008
The Trout Cod population is growing in the Goulburn and Murray Rivers according to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA).

The Trout Cod population is growing in the Goulburn and Murray Rivers according to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA).

The findings from the GB CMA commissioned study show movement of key species between the Goulburn and Murray rivers as well as a large presence of trout cod larvae.

This comes as exciting news because the Trout Cod is an endangered, threatened species and totally protected by law.

Mr Wayne Tennant, GB CMA Manager of Strategic River Health says that the information is a key indicator of river health and will be used to assist further restoration activities.

"This work builds on previous initiatives of the Goulburn Valley Association of Angling Clubs."

Wayne Koster, Environmental Scientist from Arthur Rylah Institute said the presence of large numbers of trout cod larvae, is a significant find.

"These findings are evidence of the region's continued river health management efforts" Mr Tennant says.

"This important information is only from preliminary research being undertaken for the GB CMA, there's much more to come."

Further research will be carried out involving egg and larval fish surveys on Trout Cod as wells as other key species including Murray Cod, Golden Perch and Silver Perch.

It is anticipated that this research will also greatly assist the GB CMA's native fish conservation efforts.

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For more information please contact Wayne Tennant on 58 201100 or Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity on 0400 644 637