Region: Upper Murray
Legal Number: LEGL/93-172
Conservation Priority: ?
Plantation within Australian Newsprint Mill (ANM) Ltd area of supply.
Plantation within Carter Holt Harvey (now owned by International Paper) area of supply.
Plantation within Boral Timber (Tumbarumba) NSW area of supply.
Plantation within Dominance Industries (Alpine MDF Industries) area of supply.
Water Catchment Area: MURRAY RIVER SUPPLIES WATER TO ALBURY/WODONGA, TANGAMBALANGA, KIEWA, RUTHERGLEN, YARRAWONGA, COBRAM, BARMAH, ECHUCA , KERANG, PIANGIL, SWAN HILL, ROBINVALE, MILDURA
Herbicides Used by Hancock in Pine Plantations - North East Region Victoria
Plantation lies inside Lake Hume Designated Water Supply Catchment.
THREATENED FISH NOTES - MITTA MITTA RIVER: Needs environmental flows and more cold water through system. Has Murray Cod and Macquarie Perch still in big numbers above Lake Dartmouth. Last major refuge in Victoria.
Responsible Authority: Towong Shire Council
Plantation Catchment: Ridge of Spring Creek/Mitta Mitta River
Catchment Managment Authority: North East Catchment Management Authority
Mitta Mitta River - Dartmouth-Mitta Mitta Township: First 5km of stream is contained within regulatory pondage which provides water for an SECV hydro-electric power station. Below the Pondage the river flows through forested mountains and cleared flats, rubble and sand bottom. Accessible by vehicle from Mitta Mitta Dartmouth Track where it can be reached from the new road. Brown trout average 150g, maximum 1kg, numerous river blackfish to 80g, redfin average 30g maximum 200g, and some rainbow trout to 250g, occasional Macquarie Perch, and carp.
Source: A Guide to the Inland Angling Waters of Victoria by BR Tunbridge, PL Rogan, CA Barnham. Department Conservation and Environment. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, 123 Brown St, Heidelberg, 3084. (4th ed - 1991)
Macquarie Perch - Western Population: Originally widespread throughout the upper, cooler waters of the Murray-Darling. Now the only substantial, self-sustaining populations occur in the banked up waters of the man made Lake Dartmouth on the Mitta Mitta River in North Eastern Victoria and a population translocated to the Yarra River near Melbourne in the 1920s. Small remnant (and occasionally breeding) populations occur throughout its original range.
Ex-brood fish from the Snob's Creek Fisheries Research Station (originally captured from Lake Dartmouth) have been liberated in Lake Eildon (also man made) in an attempt to re-establish the species in the lake and the rivers above it. This attempt has been accompanied by a total ban on the taking of Macquarie Perch from the lake and its tributaries. Anecdotal evidence on the effectiveness of this ban has been mixed. It is expected that the success of this experiment will be determined in the next few years.
Mitta Mitta - Lake Hume - Cleared river flats, san, mud, and rubble bed. Water level fluctuates with releases from Lake Dartmouth. High flows of cold water appear to have improved fishing for trout. Contains mostly redfin average 225g, maximum 1.5kg, brown trout average 450g maximum 2.25kg, particulary downstream of Mitta Mitta, carp and golden perch, particularly upstream of Lake Hume. River Blackfish to 70g in some localities. Last trout stocking of the Mitta Mitta River by the Department was in 1969. Murray Cod used to be abundant downstream of Eskdale but have declined markedly in number, probably due to releases of cold water from Lake Dartmouth.