The MRCCC has taken over management of the Gerry Cook Hatchery in Collwood Road where the breeding program for the endangered Mary River Cod is now underway for the 2016 season. A steering group comprising representatives of Noosa Council, Seqwater, Fisheries, the MRCCC and recreational fish stocking groups has been formed to oversee the management of the hatchery and the breeding program. Fingerlings produced at the Hatchery will be released into waterways at strategic locations in the Mary River Catchment for conservation stocking. Fingerlings will also be released into certain impoundments outside the Mary River Catchment for recreational fish stocking.
The MRCCC are currently fund raising to support a professional operation at the Hatchery. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Mary Catchment Public Fund. Details can found on the MRCCC’s website at http://mrccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Public-Fund-Donations.pdf
The 2016 breeding season is being supported by Seqwater, Unity Water, HQPlantations, Sunshine Coast Council, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation, and the Lake Borumba, Lake Macdonald, Maroon Moogera, Ewen Maddock, Brisbane Valley and Lockyer Valley Fish Stocking Associations.
The hatchery will next be open to the public on Sunday 25th June 2017, to coincide with the Noosa Festival of Water which is being held at the Noosa Botanic Gardens in Lake Macdonald Drive. For more information, please call the MRCCCC on 07 5482 4766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenda Pickersgill releasing cod fingerlings in Kandanga Creek, October 2016