Creating habitat with donated snags

Thursday 9 May, 2024
Recreational fishers have welcomed works designed to improve habitat for native fish in the Goulburn River near Wyuna.

More than 80 root balls and large snags were deposited into the river at four separate sites last month to provide habitat for native fish, including Murray cod and Golden perch.

Well-known fishing advocate Steven Threlfall said resnagging parts of the river was a win for recreational fishers.

“Electrofishing carried out by Arthur Rylah Institute has shown us that fish gather and hide around structures,” Mr Threlfall said.

“That gives fishers somewhere to cast and target fish. In a cleared waterway, there’s nowhere for them to hide.”

The resnagging project was coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) using timber donated by a nearby solar farm.

The GBCMA’s Matt Crawford said the project would support native fish populations in the river.

“The snags will provide refuge and breeding sites, resulting in more fish in the Goulburn River,” Mr Crawford said.

He said the river was desnagged many years ago because it was believed the snags in the river impacted its flow.

“Historically many Australian rivers, including the Goulburn River, sustained widespread removal of snags, which has been a significant contributor to the decline in native fish populations,” Mr Crawford said.

He said the snags were donated to the project from the nearby Wunghnu Solar Farm.

“That timber could have been sold for firewood but instead it has been set aside for environmental projects such as this,” he said.

The project was funded by the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Recreational Fishing Licence Grants Program.

Donated snags were placed into the Lower Goulburn River at Wyuna to provide improved habitat for native fish.

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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