Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Highly Endangered Fish Given New Home

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Highly Endangered Fish Given New Home

Article excerpt

EXACTLY 500 MARY River cod fingerlings have been released into Munna Creek, ready to mature and repopulate the water system, but already their lives are in danger.

The baby fish were sent swimming into the waterway earlier yesterday morning as part of a re-population project facilitated by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC).

Due to their habitat being destroyed by erosion and clearing of rocks or logs from waterways, and over-fishing by people, the Mary River cod has been classed as one of Australia's most endangered freshwater fish.

Anyone caught with the fish in the Mary River catchment will receive an on-the-spot fine of $440 or a maximum penalty of $110,000.

Outside of the catchment area, a "take one only" rule applies.

MRCCC member Debbie Seal said despite the heavy fines, it was not stopping people from fishing for the cod in the Mary River.

"I have heard that even after people heard through the paper that we were releasing more cod here, they were down fishing for it," Debbie said. …

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