Oh my cod

When size matters, the River Murray doesn’t disappoint

Here are some facts you can slip into your BBQ conversation repertoire, or they might come in handy at the next quiz night:

  • The River Murray is Australia’s longest river, measuring 2,530 km.
  • The mighty Murray is also the world’s third longest navigable river, after the Amazon and Nile.
  • Up to 85 per cent of South Australia’s drinking water comes from the River Murray.
  • In 2012-13 more than half the gross value of the state’s irrigated agriculture came from the Murray-Darling Basin in SA ($840 million).
  • The River Murray in SA is home to three internationally important Ramsar wetlands: Riverland, Banrock Station, and Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert.
  • Seven locks and weirs manage the river’s flow and assist navigation from Lake Victoria across SA.
  • The largest recorded Murray cod was reportedly over 113 kg and 180 cm long.

Actually, the Murray cod story might be an urban myth. It was reported in a New South Wales newspaper, but no photos or third-party evidence appears to exist.

Then again, it’s hard to imagine anyone purposely exaggerating the size of a fish they caught.

What’s your fish tale?



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