Following a few enquiries regarding the dragon snapper mentioned last week, there is a dedicated Facebook page 'Dragon Snapper Australia', that should clear any misconceptions.
Targeted patrols by Fisheries Officers over recent weeks across inland NSW have uncovered a number of serious offences involving Murray cod. At Nangiloc on the Murray River near Mildura, two men were found in possession of five Murray cod measuring between 33.8-44 centimetres, leading to penalty notices totalling $2200 for a range of offences.
Near Barmah on the Murray River a man was issued multiple penalty notices after being found in possession of a Murray cod measuring 50cm.
At Bedgerebong on the Lachlan River, two men received penalty notices after being found with three Murray cod from 47-49.5cm.
This iconic inland species is completely protected from fishing each year in September, October and November except in Blowering and Copeton Dams, where there is little recruitment and a reliance on stocked fish to sustain the fishery.
This annual closure ensures natural recruitment and protects this important species during breeding season. If accidentally caught whilst fishing for other species they must be immediately returned to the water with minimal harm and it is an offence to target Murray cod during the closed season.
In open season, Murray cod have a size limit of 55- 75cm, a daily bag limit of two and possession limit of four.
Report illegal fishing via the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or online at: https://bit.ly/3dMPFCX