True Tales of the Trout Cod and other Australian Native Fish

Murrumbidgee River Catchment History

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Stocking the Barren Jack Dams

This letter to the editor appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 1915

Sir, - A short time since a paragraph appeared in the "Herald" re stocking the dams at Barren Jack with economic fish, ie cod, perch etc. A request was sent to the Fishery Department to take the matter in hand, and an expert was detailed to carry out the suggestion. This expert's idea was to capture fish in the reaches of the Lower Murrumbidgee, and transplant them to the said dam. Instead of so doing it will be far better to permit the dams to be stocked by or with the fish that are in thousands above the dam.

They are precisely of the same species as will be obtained from the stretches of the same river lower down. The young fish that are in the waters above the dams will be sure to make for the deeper waters: it is their natural habitat - the larger and deeper the waterholes in rivers the larger its fish inhabitants.
-Cooma Fishermen

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