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Posted: 5 March 2012
The Centennial Parklands Foundation today released 4,000 native bass fingerlings into Centennial Parklands ponds in a special ceremony with the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation (ACCF).
The Foundation received a $6,800 grant from the ACCF to purchase the native bass and assist with the carp mitigation program within the ponds in Centennial Park. The grant will also cover the cost of the provision of additional fishing equipment for the Parklands' fishing programs for people with a disability.
Peter Hadfield, Executive Officer of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, said: “The Centennial Parklands Foundation is grateful for the wonderful support provided by the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation. The grant will help us reach our environmental goals of reducing carp numbers in the ponds”.
The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust (Trust) has an ongoing Carp Eradication Program aimed at eliminating carp from the Parklands’ pond system, and to encourage native fish stocks to develop. This program has resulted in the removal of over 10 tonnes of carp from the pond system since 1998 – the largest carp weighing a record 24 kilograms!
The Trust has been gradually introducing native Australian bass (Macquaria novemaculeata) into the pond ecosystem to reduce carp numbers. 15,000 Australian Bass have been released into the Parklands ponds since 2005.
The event was attended by members from the ACCF, non-for-profit organisation Head East (a community based service for people with an acquired brain injury) and Parklands volunteers. Each successfully took turns releasing the bass fingerlings into Willow Pond in Centennial Park.
For more information on the carp management program read the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust Carp Management Fact Sheet.
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