Look­ing for ‘army of habi­tat sol­diers’

Myrtleford Times - - What’s On -

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.

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