Habitat makes fish happen during Native Fish Awareness Week

Habitat makes fish happen! is the theme for this year’s Native Fish week running from the 5-12 of November 2011 across the Murray- Darling Basin.

Focusing on recreational fishing; the week aims to raise awareness of the importance of habitat in rehabilitating the Murray-Darling basin’s rivers and native fish. Recreational fishers are invited to get involved in a series of events including fish research forums, fishing competitions and community activities.

Native Fish Awareness Week will also see the release of Talking Fish, a new collection of stories, and images about what “fishing used to be like” across the Murray-Darling Basin.

There is a growing recognition that the health of rivers and waterways of the Murray-Darling Basin are at risk and native fish have declined. Restoring fish populations can be complex and the best results come from an integrated approach. Actions such as, improving habitat, managing pest fish, and restoring native vegetation can all be achieved by recreational fishers.

Habitat makes fish happen!  To find out more about Native Fish Awareness Week and how to take part visit www.nativefishweek.com.au