In search of endangered fish
A PROJECT to restore the habitat for endangered native fish and revegetate the Ellen Brook will begin later this year after the Ellen Brook Integrated Catchment Group received a grant of more than $40,000.
The City of Swan supports the work and will continue to provide the group with technical advice throughout the project.
One of the group’s aims is to discover if the blackstriped mud minnow, an endangered native fish, is present in the Ellen Brook.
Swan Mayor David Lucas said the minnow was the smallest freshwater fish in WA and research from Murdoch University showed it has suffered large reductions in range due to loss of habitats, particularly on the Swan Coastal Plain.
“The minnow plays an important role in our ecosystem by eating mosquitoes and midges, which keeps insect populations under control. The project will also look at how far upstream pearl cichlids, a feral fish species, has travelled,” he said.