We are people from around Australia who help make fish happen by protecting and improving habitat that fish need to survive and thrive. The Fish Habitat Network began in New South Wales in 2009 and has since expanded to include people from other States and Territories. Individuals, communities, organisations and government are working together to bring the fish back and ensure that our aquatic environments and fish communities are healthy, diverse and sustainable for future generations.
So join us and get involved! Help make fish happen . . . naturally!
Congratulations to Matt Hansen of the Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association (IWRA) - winner of the 2015 Australian Habitat Hero Award presented at the 2015 National Recreational Fishing Conference on the Gold Coast. This is only the second time this award has been awarded - the inaugural Habitat Hero Award went to Bass Sydney Fishing Club in 2012.
The IWRA have been a strong driving force for habitat rehabilitation projects in the Macquarie River around Dubbo including major re-snagging works, willow control and riverbank restoration. Well done Matt and the team!!
Pictured: Award recipients Paul Mullen (IWRA), David Harris (IWRA), John Brouff (IWRA), Craig Copeland (NSW DPI), Matt Hansen (IWRA), Renae Ayres (ARI Vic), and Matt Barwick (Recfishing Research).
The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global-local event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.
This event was first held in 2014 and this year is celebrated for a second time. Over 1000 organizations around the globe are now involved.
Check out their website to see how you can join an existing event or hold your own!
All around the world we have built barriers such as weirs, dams and floodgates for water management, hydropower and land drainage. These barriers in rivers and on coasts prevent fish from migrating to reproduce, feed and avoid predators.
By working to reduce the impact of these barriers on fish, we will be improving their opportunities to breed and survive, making more fish and a healthier ecosystem.
So why not get involved? http://www.worldfishmigrationday.com/