THE long term future of the iconic Murray Cod will be the subject of discussion by prominent fishing expert Dr Zeb Hogan.
Dr Hogan, who hosts the show 'Monster Fish’on the National Geographic, is teaming up with fellow fisheries expert Dr Lee Baumgartner to co-chair the week-long Fish Passage 2018 conference, held at the Albury Entertainment Centre from December 10-14.
Murray cod will be the subject of Dr Hogan's public lecture next Wednesday, after he featured the species heavily in the third season of his television series.
A long-time advocate for maintaining fish migration routes, Dr Hogan’s speech will centre around his experiences travelling the world and the links between science, research and fishing communities in understanding large freshwater fish.
Dr Baumgartner said the conference was of deep relevance to fishing enthusiasts from across the region.
“A number of significant issues are affecting native fish populations in rivers in the Riverina, including the blocking of migration routes by dams and weirs,” Dr Baumgartner said.
“This conference will focus on how we can help our native species avoid or overcome some of these issues using smart technologies such as fishways, also known as or fish ladders.
“Dr Hogan has long advocated for maintaining fish migration routes, which are essential for spawning and feeding.
“He is supporting our cause by showing off some of Australia’s megafish, such as the Murray cod, which have previously featured on his National Geographic show.
“He will take the audience on a journey on the importance of big fish and how migrations are essential for their long term survival.
“Entry is free and open to the public, and families are especially welcome.
“It will be a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to connect with all things fish.”
Dr Hogan’s public lecture will not be the only highlight of the four-day conference.
A range of new technologies used to monitor fish migrations will be on display for the public, including Whoosh Innovation’s ‘Salmon Cannon’.
Bookings to attend Dr Hogan’s lecture are essential and can be made through the Albury Entertainment Centre.