Fishy busi­ness ex­pands

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MORE fish are able to breed be­cause of the work Catch­ment So­lu­tions is do­ing in the re­gion.

The Mackay-based com­pany has com­pleted a num­ber of projects in our re­gion in­clud­ing re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing a stream bank on the Clyde Creek - a trib­u­tary of the Cal­liope River.

Gen­eral man­ager An­drew Camp­bell said the idea was to stop the ero­sion.

“At the same time we tend to try and take on a holis­tic idea, that if we’re go­ing to do that type of work, how can we in­cor­po­rate some fish habi­tat (work) and some other new and innovate ideas, not to just stop the ero­sion but to pro­vide a habi­tat for fish to breed and grow as well,” he said.

Mr Camp­bell said they mon­i­tored the area be­fore and af­ter the project to check if species num­bers and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion had in­creased.

“We’re a few months into that (project) now and it’s all about devel­op­ing the site,” he said.

Mr Camp­bell said Catch­ment So­lu­tions were work­ing on two more projects in Glad­stone.

One is an as­sess­ment of the fish species in the re­gion over two years, they are about half­way through the project.

“I think there’s 10 or 12 sites where we go and do mon­i­tor­ing of the fish,” Mr Camp­bell said.

“They iden­tify the fish species, the size and all the sci­en­tific side of it and over the two year pe­riod they will be able to show (ev­ery­one) the types of fish that are in teh re­gion and where they are most preva­lent.”

The fi­nal project Catch­ment So­lu­tions is work­ing on is a map­ping ex­er­cise.

Man-made tidal bar­ri­ers are be­ing stud­ied com­pared to pre-con­struc­tion to see how the tidal ar­eas have changed, and how fish species have been im­pacted.

Mr Camp­bell comes from a to­tally dif­fer­ent back­ground to en­vi­ron­men­tal science hav­ing spent 18 years in the steel in­dus­try.

“I’m cer­tainly not the sci­en­tist of the group,” he said.

“But the peo­ple who work here, pas­sion is the word you have to use, be­cause they’re re­ally keen to see bet­ter out­comes.

“For some­one that’s come into it from out­side of the sci­en­tific in­dus­try, it’s so in­ter­est­ing the things you learn ev­ery day.”

Reef Catch­ments in Mackay is the par­ent com­pany of Catch­ment So­lu­tions.

Mr Camp­bell said it was great to be able to ex­pand from Mackay and do work in places like Glad­stone, Rock­hamp­ton and Bris­bane.

“It’s all about hav­ing the right peo­ple, we were very for­tu­nate that we picked up two guys that are ex-Fish­eries who are very pas­sion­ate about what they do,” he said.

The fish lad­der con­structed by the Catch­ment So­lu­tions team at Lake Calle­mon­dah in Glad­stone.

The Catch­ment So­lu­tions Team Trent Power (Aquatic Ecol­o­gist) on the left and Matt Moore (Fish­eries Bi­ol­o­gist) set­ting a fish trap to mon­i­tor fish trav­el­ling through the fish lad­der. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

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