Native fish given reach-by-reach lifeline

17 March 2021

Native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin are being given a helping hand thanks to local on-ground action through the new Recovery Reach Program.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said $2.16 million in Australian Government funding has been set aside to implement four Recovery Reach projects over the next two years.

“The Coalition Government is investing in recovery coordinators in each location to drive community action that focuses on what healthy fish populations need,” Minister Pitt said.

“That will include habitat restoration works, restocking and natural captive breeding, community awareness of the importance of native fish, and monitoring Recovery Reach outcomes.

“Collaborative and hands-on involvement of local communities across the Murray-Darling Basin will help give native fish populations the best chance to thrive. 

“The Mid-Murray Floodplains Recovery Reach project is a great example.

“Working across a range of sites, the Tri-state Murray Natural Resource Management Alliance will rehabilitate wetlands and improve local involvement and information exchange in this critically important part of the Murray-Darling Basin. 

"The Recovery Reach project will look to replicate and build on successful rehabilitation projects,” Minister Pitt said.

“An example of this is the cooperative effort to restore the Deniliquin Lagoons, where local Landcare and fishing groups have done a great job providing habitat for Freshwater catfish, and in the future, small wetland specialist fish, such as southern pygmy perch. 

“Taking a reach-by-reach approach means bringing together our best science, and the knowledge and the passion of communities who live along the river, which is what the Recovery Reach Program is all about.

The Recovery Reach Program is a collaboration across four projects:

These projects are helping to achieve the Native Fish Recovery Strategy’s vision, which is to recover native fish for future generations.