We worked in collaboration with a range of agencies to rescue over hundred native fish from LMW’s irrigation channels. Partnering organisations included OzFish Unlimited, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Tri State Alliance, Goulburn Broken CMA, North Central CMA, Arthur Rylah Institute and Austral Research.
The fish are accidently sucked up from Kings Billabong and end up stranded in the irrigation channel. So what did we do with the fish? The Murray Cod, Carp Gudgeon, Smelt, Speckled Hardyhead, yabbies and freshwater muscles went back to Kings Billabong. The catfish are off to two locations, one is a breeding hatchery, these fish will spawn the next generation of catfish across Victorian waterways. The other location is a creek called Lower Broken Creek, an important creek for the Yorta Yorta indigenous community who are looking to bring catfish back to this stream.
This project is an excellent example of agencies working together to improve our waterways and help improve the future of an important threatened species – Catfish.
The relocation of all fish was undertaken with all the appropriate permits and a reminder that entry to the irrigation channels is not allowed by the general public due to safety.