Recovery plan for eastern cod
IT MIGHT not be too late for a fish which is thought to be extinct from the Richmond River system.
NSW Fisheries has a recovery plan for the eastern freshwater cod, which is native only to the Clarence and Richmond river catchments of Northern NSW.
The cod, now listed as endangered, was first protected in the 1980s. But populations have been declining since the 1920s. Eastern cod apparently started declining in the Richmond River from about 1926. The last authenticated capture of a wild cod from the Richmond River system was in 1971. They are now considered extinct in this river system.
Wild eastern cod are only found in the Mann and Nymboida river systems, tributaries of the Clarence River. But NSW Fisheries has implemented a recovery plan with the aim of fostering populations in the Clarence and Richmond rivers.
Threats to the species include water pollution, barriers to migration, illegal fishing and disease.