44,000 Fish Released in Lake Burley Griffin

Media Release

5 February 2013

5 February 2013

The National Capital Authority, in collaboration with the Canberra Fisherman's Club, released over 44,000 Golden Perch fingerlings into Lake Burley Griffin today.

NCA Chief Executive, Gary Rake said the choice of Golden Perch was made in consultation with ACT Territory and Municipal Services and local recreation fishing groups.

'Golden Perch were selected as they are native to local rivers, adapt well to our lakes, and are an excellent angling species,' Mr Rake said.

'These 30-40mm fingerlings will reach the legal size limit of 30cm in 2-3 years, and have the potential to grow to over 60cm long, and weigh 5-10 kilograms.'

The NCA stocks Lake Burley Griffin to improve the biodiversity of the lake, and provide a range of fishing opportunities for recreational anglers.

'Stocking Lake Burley Griffin with native predators, such as the Golden Perch, can play an important role in protecting threatened species, and may assist in controlling pests such as European Carp and Redfin,' Mr Rake said.

'The stocking of Golden Perch into Lake Burley Griffin will improve the diversity of the fish population in the lake which can't rely on natural spawning of these species.'

The Capital Region Fishing Alliance spokesperson, Shane Jasprizza said the fish restocking will benefit the environment, the local economy and the region's anglers.

'Stocking Lake Burley Griffin can help take angling pressure off the region's fragile rivers and streams to protect vulnerable endangered species such as Trout Cod and Macquarie Perch,' Mr Jasprizza said.

'Recreational fishing is worth millions of dollars to local communities. Enhancing Canberra's angling opportunities will see more people fishing locally instead of spending their money travelling outside the ACT.'

The fish were supplied by Murray Darling Fisheries at a cost of $13,000. The cost will be shared between the National Capital Authority and Canberra Fisherman's Club, from funds raised at the Canberra Carp-Out.