Operation Fish Rescue!

Operation Fish Rescue!

Featured Image – Keegan, TJ, Aerial view of the Darling River,  2009, Wikimedia Commons

We want to recognise all the amazing fish-operatives out there who are rescuing native fish all around New South Wales! Here are our three favourite rescue operations…

Operation 1 – Warren, NSW:

With no end in sight to the drought affecting most of NSW, native fish are being rescued from as many drying waterholes as possible and being relocated. One effort in the Macquarie River, near Warren, north-west NSW, relocated more than 20 mature Murray Cod and 60 Golden Perch to hatcheries. Other species, including hundreds of freshwater mussels, were relocated to upstream sections of the river that offer longer-term water security. Volunteers racked up a combined 12,462 kilometres and 1,090 volunteer hours in making the rescue happen.

Read more here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/releases/2019/hundreds-of-fish-saved-in-macquarie-river-rescue

Operation 2 – Lower Darling River:

Murray Cod, Golden Perch and Silver Perch were also among the 1,100 native fish rescued from the Lower Darling River. An aerator is also being installed here to help keep the water oxygenated.

Read more here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/releases/2019/more-than-one-thousand-native-fish-rescued-in-lower-darling-operation

Operation 3 – Gwydir/Horton Rivers + Menindee:

Local fishing club volunteers also assisted with the relocation of fish from the Gwydir and Horton Rivers, in the State’s north, to a volunteer-run hatchery.

Read more here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/1176021/fish-rescue-operation-starts-in-bingara.pdf

The rescue and relocation operation is complemented by a native fish breeding program, enabling re-stocking of rivers when conditions improve. Already, adult Murray Cod rescued from Menindee at the start of the year have bred 100,000 juveniles.

Read more here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/releases/2019/largest-ever-native-fish-breeding-program-to-create-modern-day-noahs-ark


At Finterest and the Australian River Restoration Centre, we love success stories. If you know of anyone doing anything great for our rivers (small or large scale, it doesn’t matter to us ) send an email about them to enquiries@arrc.com.au, with names and details. We’ll then help share these in our newsletters, blog posts or on social media!
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