In search of en­dan­gered fish

Ellenbrook Advocate - - LET’S EAT -

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.

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