Enhanced fish production

Aim

Produce native and salmonid fish for stocking in freshwater rivers and impoundments throughout the State, for the benefit of anglers.

Background

The fish are produced at the DPI Hatcheries at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, the Dutton Trout Hatchery  at Ebor (near Armidale), the Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne and the Port  Stephens Fisheries Centre.

The Narrandera Fisheries Centre produces  golden perch, Murray  cod, silver perch and trout cod, the Grafton Research Centre produces silver  perch, the Port Stephens Fisheries Centre produces Australian bass, the L.P.  Dutton Trout Hatchery produces rainbow trout and brown trout and the Gaden  Trout Hatchery produces brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and Atlantic  salmon.

Sites are stocked by staff from DPI and acclimatisation societies (for trout) based on extensive consultation  with acclimatisation societies, fishing clubs and community groups and take  into account the condition of the streams and impoundments. Genetic factors and  the presence of threatened species are also taken into account. An  environmental impact statement (EIS) for freshwater fish stocking has been  prepared and a management strategy developed to ensure that  stocking  is carried out under world’s best practice.

Trust monies are used to support  operating costs including salaries for hatchery staff as well as equipment,  fish feed and stocking costs. The trust fund contribution has enabled these  hatcheries to increase production over the last several years leading to record  numbers of fish stocked.

2017-2018 freshwater fish stocking plan