Trout cod recovery plan


Trout cod recovery plan cover page

This document is the NSW recovery plan for trout cod (Maccullochella macquariensis).

Trout cod is a large, predatory, freshwater fish that has been listed as ‘endangered’ under the Fisheries Management Act 1994. It is also listed as ‘endangered’ under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980, and as 'threatened' under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Trout cod is also listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and by the Australian Society for Fish Biology.

Trout cod were once widespread throughout the southern tributaries of the Murray/Darling system. Since European settlement trout cod have declined to just four know breeding populations, namely; a naturally occurring population in the Murray River below Yarrawonga Weir, a translocated population in Seven Creeks (a tributary of the Goulburn River) below Polly McQuinns Weir in Victoria, a stocked population in the Murrumbidgee River at Narrandera and a translocated population in Cataract Dam in coastal NSW (outside the species range).

The recovery plan discusses the likely reasons for the decline of trout cod throughout its known range within NSW, and outlines the measures needed to recover the species and ensure its long-term viability.

This plan has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Fisheries Management Act 1994.


Published: Apr 2006