Rehabilitating fish habitat in Tomago Wetlands, Hunter River Estuary

 
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Tomago Wetland is a 450 hectare wetland located within the Hunter Wetlands National Park near the suburb of Tomago, 10 km north east of Newcastle. Floodgates prevent fish passage and can lead to the fragmentation and degradation of upstream aquatic habitat and wetlands, as well as a reduction in water quality and the exposure of acid sulfate soils. Fish passage was restored to 100 ha of the eastern portion of Tomago Wetlands in the Hunter Estuary by opening/modifying floodgates and undertaking earthworks to restore tidal channels to open up 5.5 km of tidal habitat for fish, rehabilitate riparian wetlands and reinstate natural flow regimes. Completed in 2011.

 
Organisation Water Research Laboratory, University of New South Wales
Contact

Scott Nichols, Ph: (02) 6626 1396, email: scott.nichols@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Funding Body NSW Habitat Action Grant, in-kind support