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GLAD­STONE peo­ple love their fish­ing so it’s im­por­tant that we take care of fish habi­tats.

Catch­ment So­lu­tions is do­ing a large amount of work through­out our re­gion to help im­prove their habi­tat as well as im­por­tant re­search through a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent projects. At the mo­ment they are re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing a stream bank on the Clyde Creek – a trib­u­tary of the Cal­liope River.

Find out more about what this Mackay-based group is do­ing.

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 this re­gion, in­clud­ing re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing a stream bank on the Clyde Creek – a trib­u­tary of the Cal­liope River.

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

“At the same time we tend to try and take on a holis­tic ap­proach, 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 was work­ing on two more projects in Glad­stone.

One is an as­sess­ment of the fish species in the re­gion over two years, which is about halfway to com­ple­tion.

“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 the re­gion and where they are most preva­lent.”

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

Man-made tidal bar­ri­ers are be­ing com­pared to how they were 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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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

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