New housing for fish on the Abercrombie River
27 March 2017
New habitat snags for native fish have just been rolled into the water at the junction of the Tuena Creek and the Abercrombie River west of Crookwell.
The twenty snags, recycled from large trees removed from the Junction Point road works have been installed in the Abercrombie River by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
The Roads & Maritime Services, the Upper Lachlan Shire Council, NSW Fisheries, the Central Acclimatisation Society, and local fishing clubs have all collaborated in the ‘Teaming up to target Tuena’s Threatened Species’ project.
“This is a great news story for fish, for people who enjoy fishing, and for anyone with an interest in cooperative, collaborative efforts to improve the natural environment,” said Senior Land Services Officer, Casey Proctor from Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
“We have created a partnership between a State agency, Local Government, and fishing groups to deliver long term outcomes and ownership of the project site and on-ground works.”
“The trees we have used for this project could have ended up as wasted wood chip, but instead they will now become valuable habitat for native fish, including endangered species such as Macquarie perch, silver perch, pigmy perch, catfish and Murray cod,” said Casey.
The site is a critical drought refuge and biodiversity hotspot in the headwaters of the Lachlan River system.
Woody debris or ‘snags’ are part of the natural in-channel habitat of several large-bodied native fish species including Murray cod, and golden perch. However a survey of in stream habitat by NSW Fisheries in 2009 and a more recent sonar survey in February 2016 have confirmed a low density of large woody debris or snags in this area.
Willow, blackberry, and other significant weeds will be removed from the project site and replaced with new plantings of native species, predominantly casuarinas and red gums, to improve bank stability and sediment and erosion control.
For more information about the Abercrombie River re-snagging project contact Casey Proctor on phone 02 6341 9318 or email Casey Proctor.
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