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Winning Murray cod catch helps create new woody fish habitats

Murray Cod Reel of Fortune participant, Corowa’s Mark Williams, has snapped up the competition’s sought-after Goodwill Fish, pocketing $5000 personally and donating an additional $5000 in prize money to his charity of choice within the Murray-Darling Basin system.

Mark, who tagged the winning cod near Narrandera while visiting his parents in the region, has selected OzFish Unlimited as the beneficiary of his angling efforts. The not-for-profit organisation supports recreational fishers to protect and restore fish habitats.

Murray Cod Reel of Fortune restoration project

The $5000 injection of funds from Mark’s winning catch has helped OzFish establish the Murray Cod Reel of Fortune restoration project, which will provide vital homes and feeding grounds for native fish

OzFish provides a way for the recreational fisher community to get active in habitat protection and restoration because they know more than anyone that there are fewer fish in our rivers, estuaries and reefs than ever before.

For Mark, it’s a chance to give back to a worthwhile project.

“Who would have thought I’d be lucky enough to tag-and-release a winning fish and be in a position to help a local charity like OzFish Unlimited install six large, woody habitats into the Murrumbidgee River near Yanco in New South Wales. It makes me very happy,” Mark said.

The project will get underway on Friday, 23 July 2021.

Can I still register for Murray Cod Reel of Fortune?

Murray Cod Reel of Fortune is presented by Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and is designed to promote positive fishing and community goodwill. The competition runs until August 2021, with seven prize-winning tagged fish still to be caught. 

Legal-size, tagged Murray cod have been released into the Murrumbidgee River between Wagga Wagga and Hay. Register now for Murray Cod Reel of Fortune, an initiative that’s part of Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod’s ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on the planet.