Making Fish Habitat Better in the Corangamite Catchment

VRFish are elated to have partnered with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and OzFish Unlimited to restore habitat in the Corangamite catchment as part of the Australian Government’s Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program.

The Barwon River Habitat Restoration Project will improve riverine and estuarine habitat for some of our favourite native fish species including Tupong, Black Bream and Estuary Perch. Timber snags are set to be installed to create fish hotels near Gundog Lane, Breakwater, and will boost native fish populations in the area. Snags will also be installed at Curdies Estuary near Warrnambool.

An electrofishing survey was recently completed to identify which fish species are currently present. Monitoring will be continued into the future to measure the benefits of the habitat works.

The projects will bring anglers together to be directly involved in on-ground works which will improve waterway health and fish habitat while benefiting native fish stocks. Through OzFish, recreational fishers will be able to volunteer their time to assist in the delivery of the projects to improve the health of the Barwon River and Curdies Estuary.

The habitat restoration project will also utilise the experience and expertise of various community groups, agencies, and organisations.

Recfishers have identified habitat as a key priority for our sector and are aware that healthy habitat plays a critical role in the quality of our fisheries and fishing experiences.

Healthy habitat makes fishing happen for all Victorians.

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