Native Fish Recovery Strategy

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Background

The health of native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin is a vital legacy that we leave for future generations. From the Murray Cod to the Golden Perch, fish are an important part of Australia’s rivers.

Over the past few years native fish in the Basin have faced tough conditions including widespread drought, reduced water availability and more recently, the effects of intense bushfires.

Water managers know that native fish are one part of a larger living, connected system and work needs to be done to protect these species. That’s why the Australian Government, working with Basin state governments, has committed $5 million to developing and implementing a Native Fish Recovery Strategy.

The Native Fish Recovery Strategy aims to recover native fish, for both current and future generations.

It has been developed collaboratively with Basin states, First Nations, aquatic ecology experts and community members across the Basin via a series of workshops and advisory group meetings. The Strategy will supplement and build on existing efforts that support native fish across the Basin, with a coordinated approach to recovery.

Get involved

For this Strategy to succeed it is vital that the priorities and needs of all stakeholders are reflected within this Strategy.

Following public consultation on an initial framework in September 2019, the release of this draft Strategy for public submissions provides further opportunity for communities across the Basin to contribute to shaping the outcomes, actions and priorities for the recovery of native fish. This feedback will be incorporated into the final Strategy in coming weeks, which will be released in May 2020.

The development of the Strategy is a first step in an adaptive, evolving process. Ongoing engagement will be a core element of the Strategy from its finalisation through to its implementation. We aim to build enduring partnerships with communities to design and implement on-ground actions for our native fish.

  • Download the draft Native Fish Strategy from this site to have your say
  • Take our survey (below) before 6 April 2020 (midnight AEST)
  • Or ask us a question.

Background

The health of native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin is a vital legacy that we leave for future generations. From the Murray Cod to the Golden Perch, fish are an important part of Australia’s rivers.

Over the past few years native fish in the Basin have faced tough conditions including widespread drought, reduced water availability and more recently, the effects of intense bushfires.

Water managers know that native fish are one part of a larger living, connected system and work needs to be done to protect these species. That’s why the Australian Government, working with Basin state governments, has committed $5 million to developing and implementing a Native Fish Recovery Strategy.

The Native Fish Recovery Strategy aims to recover native fish, for both current and future generations.

It has been developed collaboratively with Basin states, First Nations, aquatic ecology experts and community members across the Basin via a series of workshops and advisory group meetings. The Strategy will supplement and build on existing efforts that support native fish across the Basin, with a coordinated approach to recovery.

Get involved

For this Strategy to succeed it is vital that the priorities and needs of all stakeholders are reflected within this Strategy.

Following public consultation on an initial framework in September 2019, the release of this draft Strategy for public submissions provides further opportunity for communities across the Basin to contribute to shaping the outcomes, actions and priorities for the recovery of native fish. This feedback will be incorporated into the final Strategy in coming weeks, which will be released in May 2020.

The development of the Strategy is a first step in an adaptive, evolving process. Ongoing engagement will be a core element of the Strategy from its finalisation through to its implementation. We aim to build enduring partnerships with communities to design and implement on-ground actions for our native fish.

  • Download the draft Native Fish Strategy from this site to have your say
  • Take our survey (below) before 6 April 2020 (midnight AEST)
  • Or ask us a question.
  • This is the final chance to have your say on the Strategy, following feedback into the earlier Framework. The survey is open from Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - Monday, 6 April 5pm (AEST).

    This is the final chance to have your say on the Strategy, following feedback into the earlier Framework. The survey is open from Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - Monday, 6 April 5pm (AEST).

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