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Club’s cod help clean Billabong

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January 25, 2018

Jerilderie Fishing president Andrew Bell.

Jerilderie Fishing Club held its annual Murray cod release last week.

More than 7000 fingerling were released into the Billabong Creek, as a way to attract anglers and improve the local environment.

The Fishing Club raised $2500 from raffles throughout 2017, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Department of Primary Industries to pay for the annual release.

Since 2010, the local club has released more than 50,000 Murray cod into Billabong Creek.

Club president Andrew Bell said the cod have helped improve the popular local waterway.

‘‘Murray cod improve the ecosystem of the creek. Cod have big diets and eat carp, and less carp helps clean the water and improve the surrounding environment.

‘‘It’s hard to tell but I’ve noticed less carp in the creek, so if people are catching more and more carp and getting rid of them, that’s a good thing for the area.

‘‘I also want to remind fishers that when they catch carp not to release them back into the water,’’ Mr Bell said.

The Jerilderie Fishing Club will also be unveiling a new jetty and boat ramp near the Jerilderie Sports Club later this year.

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