Location: 64 Buckingbong Road, just off the Sturt Highway on Buckingbong Road

Meet “Agro” the Murray Cod and learn about how Fisheries Centre scientists and staff support the native species of the Murray River Catchment at the John Lake Centre. The centre will help you learn more about the roles of the Fisheries Centre, which include breeding, conservation and environmental surveys, NSW rivers management, aquaculture and community education. It aims to raise public awareness of the state of native fish populations.

The Narrandera Fisheries Centre was opened in 1962 as a research centre to study the breeding biology and ecology of inland aquatic systems. Since then, the Centre has been the centre of freshwater fisheries research in New South Wales, and has also developed into a productive hatchery, providing fingerlings of four native fish species (Murray cod, trout cod, golden perch and silver perch) to improve freshwater recreational fisheries and conservation initiatives.

The Centre fulfils a number of roles such as breeding, conservation, environmental surveys, NSW rivers management, aquaculture, reporting on illegal activities and community education. It aims to raise public awareness of the state of native fish populations.

The Centre also performs important scientific research into all 36 species of fish in the Murray-Darling Basin. These species range from popular recreational species such as Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch, to small forage species like Murray rainbow fish, Australian smelt and the endangered purple spotted gudgeon.

Enjoy a visit to the aquarium room and meet Agro, along with other native and introduced species. Learn about the history of the Centre in the comfort of the 60 seat theatrette and explore the Touch Pool.  Your family can enjoy a barbecue or picnic under Eucalypts in the grounds. School groups and tour groups welcome by advanced bookings.

The centre is open for inspection from Monday to Friday (except public holidays), with guided tours at 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Fees apply.  Phone (02) 6958 8200 to make enquiries or group bookings.

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