Help rid NSW waterways of noxious fish

Catch carp and win prizes at the third annual Namoi Carp Muster in March

The NSW Government is inviting anglers to help rid NSW waterways of carp by joining in the third annual Namoi Carp Muster, to be held over March 6 – 7 on the Namoi River.

Carp are currently listed as a Class 3 noxious fish in NSW under the noxious species provision of the Fisheries Management Act, and anglers who catch one at the muster can go into the draw to win over $4000 in prizes, including a 10ft tinny and motor, kayak, fishing gear, fuel vouchers and more.

Milly Hobson, conservation manager, Industry and Investment NSW, said the competition is open to anglers of all ages and abilities.

"The weekend is also a fun way for the community to learn more about the impact of carp on native fish and how planting trees, removing willows, and re-snagging the water could benefit native fish," said Hobson.

"Don’t forget that every carp that is caught and weighed-in will give anglers more chances of going in the draw to take home a prize, with category winners including the biggest carp caught, and mystery prizes for both junior and senior categories," she said.

"Even if you don’t manage to catch a carp you will still be in the draw to win a prize and receive plenty of give-aways.

"Previous carp musters have led to more than four and a half tonnes of carp being removed from the Namoi River. This is a great result."

The Narrabri Amateur Fishing Club is a joint host for the event and will donate 50 per cent of funds raised from registration on the weekend to the McGrath Foundation. Individual donations can also be made over the weekend

Registration for the Namoi Carp Muster will held at the Crossing Theatre, Narrabri, in the Exhibition Room, on Saturday, March 6, from 8am to 5pm; and the Riverside Room, on Sunday, March 7, from 8am to 12 noon. The cost is $2 for children and pensioners, and $5 for adults.

All entrants are required to abide by the current NSW Fishing Rules and Regulations.

For more information call Milly Hobson, I & I NSW, on (02) 6763 1206.


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