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Catfish slumber delay

A seasonal ‘body clock’ putting the Wimmera River’s resident eel-tailed catfish into a cool-weather slumber is likely to delay a captive breeding program for the species until next spring.
Native Fish Australia’s Wimmera branch remains on the hunt for strong genetic brood stock from the Wimmera River. But it is resigned to the fact that the resident catfish population might have already gone ‘off the bite’.
NFA Wimmera branch chairman Bruce McInnis said researchers were well short of the number of adult individuals needed for the program despite using Horsham’s Labour Day Fishing Contest to collect live specimens.
“The problem is that despite plenty of anecdotal reports of anglers catching catfish, our timing is a bit off and it’s now getting colder. They are becoming harder to catch and we will probably have to wait until late September through to October when they get hungry again,” he said.
NFA Wimmera branch is leading the $140,000 three-year breeding and research plan through The Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Arthur Rylah Institute and with help from other agencies.
The project is designed to help re-establish the species across northern Victoria and genetic diversity of Wimmera River catfish is crucial for project success.
Mr McInnis said the project involved a close relationship with Horsham Angling Club.

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