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Fish habitat improved in Wallamba River
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:49:09 AM »
Fish habitat improved in Wallamba River
06 Sep 2012 - NSW Fisheries Dept
Fish in the Wallamba River and Wallis Lake on the NSW mid-north coast will enjoy improved habitat and better water quality following the completion of a $40,000 Habitat Action Grant project to reduce bank erosion.

"The successful Wallmba River project was implemented by Great Lakes Council with funding from the Recreational Fishing Trust funded Habitat Action Grant program," Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Conservation Manager,
David Cordina, said.

Great Lakes Council Manager Natural Systems, Gerard Tuckerman, said past vegetation clearance, ongoing cattle grazing and wash from boats had caused severe bank erosion along a 12 kilometre stretch of the Wallamba River, causing downstream sedimentation.

"This impacts on the health of the Wallis Lake oyster and fishing industries, and degrades important fish habitat such as seagrass beds," Mr Tuckerman said.

"The funding allowed Great Lakes Council to implement a suite of initiatives to reduce erosion and provide bank protection in a priority area through the installation of rock fillets, revegetation with suitable native plant species and the promotion of mangrove regeneration through seed bank enhancement.

"A 200 metre stretch of previously eroding bank was repaired and this built on previous habitat restoration of four kilometres of the river, which forms part of the Great Lakes Council’s award winning Water Quality Improvement Program."

DPI is now calling on fishing clubs, Landcare, Rivercare and other community groups, individuals, local councils and Catchment Management Authorities wanting to improve habitat for recreational fish in their local waterways to apply for a Habitat Action Grant.

"Time is running out as applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 September 2012," Mr Cordina said.

For more information about the program, examples of past Habitat Action Grant projects and application forms visit the DPI Habitat Action Grants web page, or call (02) 6881 1277 or (02) 4916 3817.

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