Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has welcomed the start of the 2015/16 fish stocking season which will see thousands of bass released into waterways in the Manning Valley region, helping to boost inland recreational fishing opportunities.
Mr Bromhead said he is pleased that in the coming weeks 10,000 bass will be released into waterways in the region, including the Bells Bay Camping area.
“Department of Primary Industries fish hatchery staff have kick started the highly anticipated freshwater fish stocking season, which will be ready to catch in about 3-4 years,” Mr Bromhead said.
“Last season approximately five million fish including bass, trout and salmon were stocked in NSW waterways, with up to 300,000 juvenile bass stocked across the state this year.
“The NSW world-class fish stocking program is funded in part from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and is not only a great benefit to recreational fishers, but also provides a boost to regional communities by creating jobs and generating tourism.
"Increasing fish stocks is great news for recreational anglers and will help ensure that future stocks of this popular fish are maintained for future generations.
"Without the breeding program, Australian bass would disappear from the stocked impoundments as bass are not able to breed in those dams because they cannot migrate downstream into saltwater for spawning,” Mr Bromhead said.
Recreational fishers are reminded that they are required to have a NSW current recreational fishing fee receipt on them at all times while fishing.
For more information on the NSW Government fish stocking program visit www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au
Recreational fishers are encouraged to use the NSW Recreational Fishing Guide, available from DPI Fisheries Offices, most tackle shops or online at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au
Anyone with information about illegal fishing or suspected illegal fishing should contact the Fishers Watch phone line or free call on 1800 043 536 or online at www.dpi.gov.au/fisheries/compliance.