Looking for ‘army of habitat soldiers’
THE Australian Trout Foundation will team up with Native Fish Australia and the Arthur Rylah Institute to present a fish habitat workshop at Myrtleford’s Ablett Pavilion on Saturday.
People passionate about the health of waterways and fisheries are encouraged to attend the event that aims to teach fisherman how to get involved in restoring streams to their former glory.
The workshop will be presented by Australian Trout Foundation president Terry George , Native Fish Australia president Tim Curmi and various others from agencies such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Victorian Fisheries Authority and North East Catchment Management Authority.
Mr George said warming temperatures, bush fires, floods and human intervention such as stream modification and pollution posed the biggest current threat to waterways and fisheries.
“We are constantly seeking the best methods to combat these threats, while also recognizing and applauding the excellent work done in all regions by partnerships involving catchment management authorities, recreational anglers and clubs and Landcare groups,” he said.
“The main purpose of this workshop is to create awareness of the threats to our waterways and fisheries and to assemble an army of ‘habitat soldiers’ to join in partnerships and take some responsibility in restoring the health of our waterways.”
Habitat Restoration Projects have already been rolled out in sections of the Buckland River where 85 tonnes of boulders are being strategically placed along with 35 dead hardwood trees.
Riparian zones in the river will be repaired by removing introduced weeds, grasses and shrubs and re- planting native trees and grasses.
“It’s all about working together in partnerships and the Buckland River project is a shining example of local clubs and organizations working together to improve the health of our waterways and fisheries,” Mr George said.
The free workshop will include a morning tea and lunch, those looking to attend should contact Terry George on 0418 332 744, to book a place.