National Geographic's Zeb Hogan speaks on 'Monster Fish' series at Narrandera Fisheries

17/08/2010:   Star of National Geographic's "Monster Fish? series, Dr Zeb Hogan, is giving a guest public presentation on the project on Friday 20 August in Industry & Investment NSW's Narrandera Fisheries Centre theatrette.

Dr Hogan, a very entertaining PhD fisheries biologist and public speaker, is in the Riverina and South Australia this week in search of a giant Murray cod to feature in the series.

His presentation will give a detailed overview of the three-year National Geographic project, which aims to track and document the largest species of freshwater fish on six continents around the world.

The National Geographic documentary series regularly screens on Austar on Sundays at 5.30pm and features many major rivers in world including such places as the Mekong (giant Mekong catfish), Russia and South America (Amazon basin).

Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) and the Murray Catchment Management Authority have been helping provide information for the Singapore-based National Geographic crew who will be in Australia for approximately a week.

I&I NSW research scientist at Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Lee Baumgartner, said Dr Hogan?s presentation would be a wonderful opportunity for locals to hear from someone who is passionate about fish and has investigated large species around the world.

"To have a crew from National Geographic visit the Riverina is a big thrill and an excellent opportunity to showcase our research and the region," he said.

The theatrette, located in the John Lake Centre, includes an aquarium and poster display, which will be open for inspection before and after the seminar for anyone wishing to undertake a casual tour of the facilities.

The presentation will run from 6.30pm - 9pm. Numbers are limited and a small cover charge will apply. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. Please contact Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Buckingbong Road, Narrandera, on (02) 6958 8200 for further information.

Media contact: Sarah Chester (02) 6036 2110 or 0417 207 669