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Murray Cod fishing closure begins

02 Aug 2013

Recreational fishers are reminded that the seasonal fishing closure for Murray Cod took effect from Thursday 1 August 2013.

The seasonal closure is in place from 1 August until 31 December to protect local Murray Cod populations during their peak spawning season.

PIRSA’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director, Professor Mehdi Doroudi, said the closure was an important management measure to support the sustainability of local Murray Cod stocks.

“Murray Cod are an extremely important species to recreational fishers and to the River Murray community in general,” Professor Doroudi said.

“Numbers have declined significantly since European settlement, with the Murray Cod fishery first closed in South Australia in 2009.

Between 1 August to 31 December 2013 fishers in the South Australian section of the River Murray are not permitted to target the species.

Anyone found taking Murray Cod during the closure could face a maximum penalty of up to $20 000 if prosecuted before a court.

In addition, a ban on trolling for all freshwater fish species in the River Murray and its anabranches is also in place during the closure.

Trolling is the use of a baited fishing line or lure that is trailed through the water from a moving vessel.

The Murray Cod fishery will reopen for a catch and release season on 1 January 2014.

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