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New Murray Cod Slot limits - 50 to 70cm
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:05:57 PM »
G'day guys. Just got this media release from Vic DEPI with regards to new Murray Cod Slot Limits of 50 to 70cm. The science behind it seems sound but I'd be interested on everyone's thoughts? It mentions Victoria a few times here but it is not clear if NSW will bring these in as well. I've called the number provided asking whether NSW will adopt these limits and left a message.
update: Anthony Forster just got back to me and I had a great conversation with him. He noted that NSW have gone through a separate process to determine a slot but are yet to release any decision so these slots will be for Victorian waterways. I noted that it would be preferable to have the same slot limit Australia wide (not that they occur Aust. wide, but you know what I mean) to avoid confusion. Anthony noted that they had consulted with renown cod anglers plus scientific research on growth rates to come to this slot limit and that one of the aims was to provide an increase in larger fish for improved breeding and a better fishery overall. We then went on to chat about estuary perch and other stuff for ages  :)

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New Murray cod limits proposed to improve fishery

Freshwater anglers have 60 days to provide Victorian fisheries managers with feedback about
proposed changes to Murray cod size limits that are designed to significantly improve stocks.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Ross McGowan said more than two decades of fisheries
science and some of Victoria's best Murray cod anglers had recently reviewed catch limits.
Mr McGowan said comprehensive modelling had informed the review and suggested Murray cod
populations, and stocks available to anglers for harvest, would be much better off under a new “slot
limit” of 50cm to 70cm and a reduced daily bag limit of one fish in rivers.
“Narrow slot limits are increasingly used around the world to improve the sustainability of long-lived
fish and the quality of fishing for anglers,” Mr McGowan said.
“The current 60cm to 100cm slot limit has improved Murray cod populations over recent years, but
scientifically-based fine tuning could do even more.
“A slot limit of 50cm to 70cm would prohibit the harvest of Murray cod larger than 70cm while
allowing the limited take of smaller fish between 50cm and 70 cm.
“The research suggests that over 15 years, this would significantly improve the sustainability of the
fishery, the number of harvestable Murray cod and the number of trophy fish longer than one
metre.
“Murray cod take around 10 years to grow from 60cm to 100cm. Under current regulations they
remain vulnerable to harvest for this period.
“However, Murray cod grow faster when young, taking around three years to grow from 50cm to
70cm, so are vulnerable to recreational harvest for less time.
“Larger Murray cod are older and more experienced breeders, produce more eggs and contribute
more to future generations, so it makes sense to protect their reproductive capacity long-term.
“The proposed 50cm minimum length would permit anglers to harvest Murray cod at a size better
suited to the table (around 2.3kg) and without the unpalatable fat that larger cod are known for.
“The reduced daily bag limit for rivers is designed to further protect large breeding fish and
encourage natural breeding.
“The bag limit in lakes would remain unchanged at two, given many lake fisheries are stocked
annually with Murray cod fingerlings and are thus much less reliant on natural breeding.”
A public meeting on the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday 6 August at the Bendigo Legion
Angling Club at 7pm. Anglers are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposals.
Submissions close on Friday 29 August, 2014. Learn more at www.depi.vic.gov.au/murraycodslots



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Re: New Murray Cod Slot limits - 50 to 70cm
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 07:09:19 PM »
I'll say it before elpos says it, "Meanwhile in Queensland........................"

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Re: Re: New Murray Cod Slot limits - 50 to 70cm
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 06:21:32 AM »
I'll say it before elpos says it, "Meanwhile in Queensland........................"
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Re: New Murray Cod Slot limits - 50 to 70cm
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Re: New Murray Cod Slot limits - 50 to 70cm
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2014, 12:25:12 PM »
Hey guys. The Victorian slot limits for Murray cod are in from the start of the 2014 cod season (1/12/14).

more info here: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fishing-and-hunting/recreational-fishing/murray-cod-size-limit-review

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