Lake Endeavour fish stocking will enhance dam biodiversity

Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton and Mayor Ken Keith OAM watch as Council's Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator Michael Chambers releases the fingerlings at Lake Endeavour.
Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton and Mayor Ken Keith OAM watch as Council's Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator Michael Chambers releases the fingerlings at Lake Endeavour.

Over 16,000 fingerlings have been released into Lake Endeavour as part of a Native Fish Stocking initiative by the Department of Primary Industries Fisheries.

Under the Recreational Fishing (Freshwater) Trust, Council released 11,600 Murray Cod and 4500 Golden Perch in an effort to increase the health and biodiversity of the dam, as well as enhance recreational freshwater fishing opportunities for locals and visitors.

The program also assists in the development of regional aquaculture industries, as well as increases awareness and understanding of responsible stocking.

Parkes Shire Council's Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator Michael Chambers said while Murray Cod were once widespread throughout the Murray Darling system, they unfortunately are now listed as a threatened species.

"These restocking efforts are extremely important for restoring and increasing the local populations."

"With the last fish release at Lake Endeavour taking place in 2015, Council have been working with DPI for the past two years to secure fish for this recent release."

It will take a further two years before these fish are a catchable size.

Michael Chambers

"It will take a further two years before these fish are a catchable size."

Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Barbara Newton said "As an integral part of our Shire's waterways, it's important that we foster a sustainable and productive environment at Lake Endeavour, as well as ensure the precinct is there for residents and visitors to participate in passive recreation for years to come."

Access permits for Lake Endeavour Dam are available from Council for passive recreational activities such as bushwalking, bird watching, fishing and picnicking.

Anglers must apply for a recreational fishing licence through the Service NSW website and pay a fee.

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