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Jerilderie Fishing Club's restocking fish

About 7000 Murray cod fingerlings have been released into local waterways by the Jerilderie Fishing Club.

January 9, 2013 4:41am

Jerilderie Fishing Club president Andrew Bell and vice president Jamie Pitt release some Murray Cod fingerlings into the river, as part of the club’s restocking program.

About 7000 tiny Murray cod fingerlings have been released into local waterways, thanks to the newly reformed Jerilderie Fishing Club.

While the 7000 fish may be small fry now, they symbolise the future of the health and recreational development of in years to come.

This is the second time the local fishing club has released Murray cod fingerling into the waterways, with plans to release again next year.

They may introduce yellowbelly fingerlings with the next release, the club said.

The Jerilderie Fishing Club recently reformed after a 10 year hiatus, and one of the main items on their agenda is to keep the local creeks restocked.

It is something they will try to do each year.

The club raised $1500 to purchase the fingerlings, with their money being matched dollar for dollar by the NSW Government.

The club has been vigilant in rasing funds for the restocking of the local waterways.

In an effort to keep the river healthy and full of fish, members have asked local communities to refrain from using illegal fishing methods.

‘‘It’s what’s needed to help the native fish thrive for future generations,’’ Jerilderie Fishing Club president Andrew Bell said.

Jerilderie Fishing Club would also like to thank all those who bought tickets in the fundraising raffles.

All money raised from the raffles have been put into the restocking program.

About 25 Jerilderie people make up the fishing club.

The group meets once a month, on the last Wednesday, at the Jerilderie Sports Club at 7.30pm. All new members welcome.

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