Swimming in new waters

RELOCATING THE WAYWARD COD… Australian Fishing Traders Association board member, Steve (Trelly) Threlfall and Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed releasing a monster Murray cod back into bigger waters near Dainton’s Bridge. Photo: Supplied

RECENTLY, 15 Murray cod were moved from unliveable irrigation channels around the Cobram area to a more natural habitat at Dainton’s Bridge, Shepparton. This move is part of a joint initiative between Goulburn Murray Water and the Victorian Fisheries Authority to relocate over 200 Murray cod to more suitable waterways.

Australian Fishing Traders Association board member, Steve ‘Trelly’ Threlfall said, “Points in the irrigation systems are being lowered for maintenance and weed removal, so a lot of the fish wouldn’t have survived if we didn’t move them.”

The initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s Target One Million phase two commitments, which aims to boost recreational fishing and grow participation to one million anglers by 2020.

By putting more fish into the waters, it gives people more of a chance to catch and enjoy fishing. This gives those who are new to the waters a better opportunity to catch a big fish and makes for a good family outing as well.

The Murray cod will also be relocated to other areas across Shepparton, including Victoria Park Lake.