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Title: Fishers finding small natives
Post by: Editor on June 30, 2011, 07:36:21 PM
Fishers finding small natives

Volunteers from the NSW division of the Australia and New Guinea Fishes Association have been searching for some of the smallest and most threatened native fish in southern inland NSW.
Smaller native fish like olive perchlet and purple spotted gudgeon are important part of rivers and are great indicators of river health.
However, the task of finding the fish is harder when the fish you’re looking for is a rarely seen, small‐bodied species that struggles to reach 10 cm in length.
The information collected by the ANGFA NSW volunteers will be used to monitor the status of the small native fish, as well as guide habitat rehabilitation activities aimed at protecting threatened populations.
This is a community partnership between ANGFA NSW, NSW DPI and the MDBA’s Native Fish Strategy.
To report a sighting of a threatened species call 02 4916 3877 or go to
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/speciesprotection/report-it (http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/speciesprotection/report-it) .

For more information, contact Charlie Carruthers, NSW DPI Native Fish Strategy Coordinator for Southern NSW and the ACT, on 02 6298 0802.

ANGFA NSW worked closely with NSW DPI to obtain the specialist scientific research permits needed to do the sampling in NSW waterways. The sampling will complement work being done by NSW DPI researchers and will hopefully identify previously unknown populations of threatened native fish. Photo: C. Carruthers

Source - NSW Fisheries