Anglers are reminded the seasonal closure of taking or intentionally targeting Murray cod, remains in force until November 31.
DPI/Fisheries says a further 200 Murray crayfish have been successfully relocated in the Murray River, as part of the NSW DPI Murray Crayfish conservation and stocking program.
Murray Crayfish were once widespread throughout the Murray and Murrumbidgee catchments, however in recent decades they have declined in range and distribution due to a variety of environmental factors and no doubt the drought.
The declining populations were further exacerbated by widespread hypoxic black water events in 2010 and 2011. These crays are a native freshwater species endemic to the Murray-Darling Basin and have been drastically affected by these black water occurrences.
Recreational catch of Murray crayfish is limited, which is an important measure to ensure this threatened species is able to bounce back and they may only be taken by the use of up to five hoop nets per person from specified waters between June and August (inclusive).
The daily bag limit is two per person within a 10-12 cm size bracket and ANY Murray Crayfish carrying eggs externally or accidentally taken in the closed season must be immediately returned to the water.
DPI Fisheries has just collected another batch of fish frames donated by anglers along the NSW Mid North Coast as part of the Research Angler Program (RAP). This latest round included mulloway, kingfish and snapper. If you'd like to subscribe, go to https://bit.ly/2qy6Xzc.