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Barramundi found in NSW
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:40:07 PM »
Barra sightings prompt illegal stocking warning
 25 Feb 2013 - NSW DPI Media Release

Barramundi weighing over 10kg caught by a commercial fisher at Wallis Lake.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding the general public that a permit is required before any fish is released into NSW waterways following reports of exotic species such as barramundi being hooked in NSW.

DPI Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway said a fish stocking permit is required by law before you can release any fish into NSW public waters including public impoundments, natural waterways, rivers, billabongs, lakes, wetlands, streams and public dams.

“The Department has received a number of reports of fishers catching barramundi and silver perch throughout the Sydney region and a large barramundi weighing over 10 kilograms was reportedly caught by a fisher at Wallis Lake,” Mr Westaway said.

“NSW is not the native range for these species and it is believed that they have been released into our waterways illegally.

“While fish stocking provides economic, social and cultural benefits for the community it is important that stockings are approved to ensure the proposals are appropriate.

“Fish introduced into waters outside their natural range as a result of unauthorised releases can spread disease, prey upon and compete with existing fish for habitat and food and in many cases may die if not suited to those environmental conditions.

“As part of the assessment process DPI will check to see that the fish to be stocked are suitable for the waterway and that fish will be supplied by an accredited fish hatchery.”

Permits for approved stockings are issued by the Department free of charge.

DPI Director of Fisheries Compliance, Mr Glenn Tritton, said penalties of up $11,000 for a corporation and $5,500 for individuals apply for stocking fish in public waters without a permit.

“Our native fish and their habitats are placed at risk when fish are illegally stocked into NSW waters,” Mr Tritton said.

“It is important that the proper process is followed before any fish is released to protect our fisheries resources.

“Fisheries officers investigate illegal stocking throughout NSW and will prosecute those who ignore the rules.”

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