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ON Thursday morning, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) began an effort to relocate stressed Murray cod from the pool immediately downstream of Weir 32 near the Menindee township in western NSW.

If the fish are able to be safely removed, they will be either released further downstream in the Lower Darling near Wentworth or taken to the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, to regain health for future breeding and re-stocking purposes that will directly benefit the native fish community of the Lower Darling River.

Relocating fish is generally not a preferred solution because of the additional pressure it places on already stressed fish. However, DPI Fisheries made the decision to proceed with this relocation due to the need for WaterNSW to cease flows from Weir 32 in the near future to maintain town water supply.

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