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Plan to Protect Native Fish on the Boosey Creek

Tuesday 10 April, 2007
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Tungamah Fishing Club have prepared a plan to carry out on-ground works along the Boosey Creek to protect native fish.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Tungamah Fishing Club have prepared a plan to carry out on-ground works along the Boosey Creek to protect native fish.

Research by the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) shows native fish need "slackwater" habitats, or slow water to breed.

In autumn last year, (2006) the GB CMA worked with the MDFRC to design and build slackwater habitats on the Broken River for native fish.

GB CMA Strategic River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said the same design would be used for the Boosey Creek.

"Habitat construction has been proposed which will provide protection for small and large bodied fish," Mr Tennant said.

"Habitat will protect small fish from fast currents, provide large amounts of food and a hiding place for predatory fish.

 "During the next four to six weeks, logs will be salvaged from storms and road-works and placed in the river in a pattern to replicate natural habitats.

"Pools have also been dug out at a series of sites along the Creek between the railway bridge and the weir."  

Mr Tennant said the project would not be a success without the ongoing support and financial contribution made by the Club.

The works have been a joint initiative of the Shire of Moira, Goulburn-Murray Water, GB CMA and the Fishing Club.

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For more information contact:
Anna at Impress Publicity 58 212 651 or
Wayne Tennant at GB CMA 58 201 100 or
visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au