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Estuary Perch benefit from less barriers
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:55:14 PM »
Estuary Perch benefit from less barriers

Marathon Effort - Finterest 9/9/15

Recent fish surveys completed by Glenelg Hopkins CMA, in the south west Victoria in and around the township of Harrow area have turned up some interesting finds. Funded through Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program project has shown the value of ongoing monitoring and assessing through fish surveys along the Glenelg River.

Just south of the township at Clunies Hole CMA staff where lucky enough to catch a large Estuary Perch. Water Health Planner Stephen Ryan said “this is the third year running we have caught and released big Estuary Perch in the area.  Estuary Perch, which is a highly sort after sports fish and a superb table fish, have been making this amazing journey from Nelson to Harrow and back again.”

This trip is over 370 river kilometres one way and is due to the better connection to the freshwater part of the river and the estuary. This connection has been made possible with the removal of fish barriers and an increase in flow down the river.

“We have seen Estuary Perch turning up in lots of locations along the river and anglers have starting to target these fish using a variety of methods” Mr Ryan said. He went on to add “We are extremely pleased to see Estuary Perch in this part of the river as they have disappeared from all records since the construction of Rocklands reservoir in the early 50s. This is a real coup for Harrow and the local landholders who have worked hard to improve river health in the Glenelg River.”

Mr Ryan said “with the water quality improving along the river native fish and other aquatic animals are returning. This year has been a highlight. Along with the Estuary Perch, three species of Pygmy Perch, blackfish, tupong, and other native fish have been caught in high numbers.   We also saw a large array of water birds, water rats and for the first time a platypus made an appearance.” Sorry, only registered users can see this content. Please Login or Register.

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