Macquarie Perch were named after our river but sadly they were reported as disappearing around the time of World War II, even in the head waters above Burrendong Dam were they were once most common.


The species is now listed as Endangered nationally.


Other names it sometimes goes by are White eye,

Mountain perch or Black bream.


Over the past few years there have been a few reports from people who believed they may have seen or landed one but nothing has been confirmed.


We'd love to hear from you if you're confident you know where there might be a few hanging on so we can do some surveys, and, if we find them, start to help them recover. 


Call 1800 RIVERWATCH (748 379) if you have information.




Have you seen a Macquarie Perch?


Photo: Gunther Schmida




If you'd like to find out more about this species here are some links to check out.


Fact sheet, Murray-Darling Basin Authority


Fact sheet, NSW DPI


Link to Sweetwater Fishing info


Victorian Dept of Environment and Primary Industries


Species profile on Commonwealth Govt SEWPAC site