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7 Key Tips For Fish Friendly Farms
7 Key Tips For Fish Friendly Farms - Fintrest 8/9/15
Native fish need shelter, clean water, food and room to move. This fact sheet provides seven actions you can do to benefit native fish life in the streams on, or near your farm. When combined, these actions can improve water quality, stabilise stream banks and reduce erosion, increase farm productivity, improve farm infrastructure, reduce stock loss, promote stock health and boost the value of your farm.
In summary the seven actions are: 1. Leave large wood in your streams – it provides home for fish and protects them from predators. 2. Grow native vegetation on the stream banks – plants provide fruits, insects and other food for fish, as well as shelter and shade to keep the water at a comfortable 3. Install fish friendly crossings – fish need to move upstream and downstream to feed, breed and complete their life 4. Control or treat agricultural run-off – pesticides and other pollutants poison water and kill fish, keep run-off away from 5. Provide water for stock off-stream – stock in streams reduce water quality with their manure and trample the banks causing erosion, these all negatively impact on 6. Control the opening of floodgates – fish need high and low flows, with floods flushing out sediment and nutrients that can decrease the quality of 7. Protect your wetlands – these low-lying areas provide essential feeding, breeding and nursery habitats for
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