Manly Dam has been stocked with five thousand Australian Bass fingerlings (baby fish).

Member for Manly James Griffin was on hand today to help release the fingerlings into their new home at Manly Dam as part of the NSW Government’s annual Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan.

Mr Griffin said today’s release was great news for keen fishers eager to cast a line in the region.

“The Australian Bass is an iconic fish species and it gives me great pleasure to see its numbers boosted in the Manly area,” Mr Griffin said.

“While these ones might be small now, they can grow up to 65 centimetres long and weigh in at four kilograms, so our local anglers will be licking their lips at the chance to reel in such a prize catch.

“These fingerlings come from the NSW Government’s hatcheries as part of our commitment to ensure that our waterways are full of healthy fish.

“Initiatives such as the Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan are important for the recreational fishing community because of the critical role they play in conservation, tourism and added economic benefits.”

Mr Griffin said the five thousand fingerlings stocked into Manly Dam are part of more than fifty thousand which will be released into waterways across NSW this week.

“The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) does an excellent job in making sure our State’s recreational fishers have the chance to do what they love by breeding and releasing such mammoth numbers of fish stocks,” Mr Griffin said.

“DPI has chosen Manly Dam because the expert team has deemed it to be among the best waterways in NSW to see these fingerlings flourish.

“While it is Australian Bass being released today, the Freshwater Fish Stocking Plan also sees Murray Cod, Golden Perch and other species stocked into rivers, lakes and dams across the State.

“Fishos should keep an eye out, because this is the first and certainly won’t be the last stocking event the NSW Government does this season,” he said.

Anglers interested in seeing stocking numbers can access an interactive map on the DPI website.

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