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Fishers tracking fish migration
« on: June 30, 2011, 07:25:57 PM »
Fishers tracking fish migration

Anglers are making a great contribution to the success of a study of the migration patterns of fish along the Murray River system by
reporting tagged fish.
Reports of tagged fish provide vital information on both native fish and introduced species, such as carp.
The tagging of fish began in 2001 and more than 20,000 fish have been tagged and released into the main channel of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers.
A further 3500 fish have been tagged in the Shoalhaven and Nepean catchments. Initial results showed that some fish have
moved more than 500 kilometres along the Murray River in as little as three months and as far as 1700 kilometres during a two‐year period.
Fish showed an amazing movement response to the recent floods with thousands of fish recorded migrating upstream in response to the increasing flows.
In addition, fish are also moving between different river systems, and have even ventured up the Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers. NSW anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to freecall 1800 185 027 to report the date of the catch, tag number, place of catch, length and species of fish, or report online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/forms/fw-fish-tagging. For more information about the fish tagging program, contact Lee Baumgartner (NSW DPI) on 02 6958 8200.


Image - A tagged golden perch. Anyone who catches a tagged fish are asked to freecall 1800 185 027 or use the online report.
Photo: NSW DPI


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