SAFER: Mary river cod release.
SAFER: Mary river cod release. Contributed

Hopes artificially bred fingerlings will thrive

ENDANGERED Mary river cod will soon be an angler's favourite, following the release of more than 1000 artificially bred fingerlings between Ipswich and Brisbane.

The fingerlings will be released tomorrow at Lake Manchester, an enormous body of fresh water previously off limits to all aquatic activity.

A review of recreational activities across South-East Queensland's dams has resulted in the decision to stock Lake Manchester with the species.

Although small, the fingerlings that will be set free in the dam this Saturday will be capable of growing to over 1m in length.

The endangered native species is a prize among fresh water anglers, and the Brisbane Valley Anglers Fish Stocking Association hopes to see them thrive in their new surroundings.

BVAFA treasurer Charlie Ladd said there was no way of knowing exactly how well the little swimmers would fare at Lake Manchester.

"There is no way to monitor survival except to regularly fish the area," Mr Ladd said.

"We conducted a survey with Seqwater in November last year and found a lot of bony bream, eels and turtles.

"There were some big fish coming up on the sounder, but we don't know exactly what they were. We have heard stories of people putting fish in there," he said.

Gympie Times


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