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New fish habitats in the Macquarie River
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:26:59 PM »
New fish habitats in the Macquarie River
16 Jul 2014 - NSW DPI

Native fish species will benefit through the rehabilitation of a section of the Macquarie River between Wellington and Dubbo with new snags to be installed under the Macquarie River priority re-snagging project.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Regional Officer, Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation, Rodney Price said a collaborative approach between the department, Central West Local Land Services, Alkane Resources and private landholders will see woody habitats (snags) reinstated in the Macquarie River.

“Snags are an important component of a healthy river system: they form critical habitat for native fish by providing hiding and resting places out of the main flow of the river,” Mr Price said.

“They provide spawning sites and territorial markers for several species of native fish, including the threatened Blue-nose cod (Trout Cod).

“Snags are also important contributors to riverine food webs.

“With the re-introduction of snags in the river we can initially expect to see a dispersal of fish from similar woody structures closely followed by a natural increase in population as fish breed in the new habitat.

“We are very grateful to Alkane Resources for the 120 trees they have provided from their operations at Tomingley Gold Operations that will be installed in the river.

“Local Land Services has provided support for this project as part of their role in the management of our natural resources through their Catchment Action Plan.”

Mr Price said it has been very encouraging to see the landholders involved are excited about the work that is being undertaken to improve fish habitat.

“As improvements to rehabilitate fish habitats are made we can reduce the need for restocking of fish, as populations will naturally increase and become more resilient,” Mr Price said.

“This is great news for fish and good news for fishers too as 90 per cent of cod are caught within a metre of a snag.”

The on-ground works are underway and the work is expected to be completed in August.

The public will be invited to an open day to see re-snagging in action when the project is complete.
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