True Tales of the Trout Cod and other Australian Native Fish

Lower Murray Catchment History

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This story appeared in the Argus, 27 February 1932

The big cod is a cannibal. About that I have a most interesting note from Mr. R. J. Larsen, of Elsternwick, who says that in the middle nineties he was a market fisher-man on Lake Victoria, on the lower Murray.

Of more than three tons of cod taken not one was under 30lb. On one occasion he came upon 18 fish isolated in a closed lagoon, all of them so poor as to be unfit for market, though in condition they would have averaged 40lb. apiece. The cod is its own worst enemy, and in this lagoon the fish had gradually eaten one another down to a gaunt state of famine.

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