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!
Our coastal and estuarine habitats are increasingly under threat from urbanisation and human habitation. In an effort to manage these areas, coastal infrastructure has been installed to provide access and store marine craft, control erosion and protect assets. This has led to construction of sea walls, marinas, pontoons, jetties and boat moorings which reduce shoreline complexity, increase shading effects, or directly remove habitat.
As such, many of these existing, necessary, structures impact negatively on surrounding coastal key fish habitat such as seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and endangered ecological communities of saltmarsh, resulting in long-term negative influence on shoreline biodiversity and productivity of local fishery resources.
The good news is that new concepts in coastal infrastructure design, and alternatives to traditional construction and management techniques are providing opportunities to improve the biological diversity on, in and around these structures.
By modifying, upgrading and retrofitting existing marine infrastructure and incorporating new designs when installing new infrastructure (sea walls, marinas, pontoons, jetties and boat moorings), you can lessen the impact on aquatic flora and fauna and be "fish friendly"!.
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.
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.
This event was first held in 2014 and this year it was celebrated for a second time.
On the 21st of May 2016, 450 events across 63 countries opened their doors to an estimated 82,000 visitors from New Zealand to Hawaii and from Iceland to Chile. Reaching over 70 million people worlwide and with 2,000 involved organizations.
Check out their website to read about the events that were held and see some stories of those involved:find out more
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).