Inland native fishing set to benefit from new management plan

February 1, 2018


Pictured: QMDC Regional Landcare Facilitator Matt Brown and Steven Brooks from Fisheries Queensland.

QMDC is leading the development of a plan to help communities in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin improve the region’s recreational native fishing and tourism experience.

The ‘Native Fish Management Plan’ is being developed by QMDC in consult with the region’s recreational fishing community, government departments and industry experts.

The first step was taken in the lead up to World Wetlands Day (on Friday, 2 February) with QMDC hosting a technical forum involving scientists from the Department of Environment and Science (DES), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Department of Natural Resource, Mining and Energy (DNRME) among other industry stakeholders.

The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2018 is 'Wetlands for a sustainable urban future', which is good timing to focus on native fish conservation in waterways throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.

QMDC CEO Geoff Penton said the forum was held to create the plan’s framework while community feedback will be gathered through a series of regional forums to run later this month.

“The technical meeting provided a valuable stocktake of the existing knowledge among industry leaders around native fish, the issues and their management,” Mr Penton said.

“A number of key topics were identified and discussed including pest fish control, fish restocking, water quality, pollution, compliance and fish passages.”

Guest speakers included Dr Bonnie Holmes from Biosecurity Queensland, Craig Copeland from OzFish, Greg Ellett from Alluvium, and Valerie Matthews from SunWater.

“Having Queensland’s leading native fish researchers and agencies in the one room provided a great start to building this plan and we’re now looking forward to hearing from community members and fishers specifically in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin,” he said.

The first of three, free community forums begins in Charleville (February 26), followed by events in St George (February 28) and Toowoomba (March 2) in partnership with the Fisheries Research Development Corporation. 

The aim is to gather and document community insights around native fish and how they can be better managed from people living and fishing in the region’s waterways.

The plan is being produced with support from a grant from the Australian Government through the Building Better Region's Fund.

More information: QMDC Landcare NRM Officer Thomas Foster on mobile: 0427 056 441.

Released by: QMDC Regional Communications Officer Alex Halford mobile: 0427 468 861.

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