- healthy and diverse native fish populations are supported and are resilient to extreme events
- communities are involved in on-ground actions
- critical native fish habitats, including flows, are protected and effectively managed
- native fish research and activities are resourced to develop Basin-scale knowledge
- monitoring is complementary and provides long-term insights and supports decision-making
- Does the draft Strategy capture the importance of native fish to you and your community?
- Do you think the current status of native fish in the Basin is described accurately?
- Have all key threats to native fish been identified?
- What do you think are the key threats in your area?
- How does the Strategy’s vision and intended outcomes align with your thoughts?
- To what extent do you agree with the immediate actions?
- Are there any significant gaps or additional actions needed?
- Does the Strategy provide a clear indication of where investment opportunities and needs are for fish?
- Are the investment areas sound?
- Do you think this Strategy will benefit native fish in the Basin?
What is the aim of the project?
What is the background of this project?
Native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin are under increasing pressure.
The 2018-19 fish death events in the Lower Darling served as a visible warning of the significant pressure currently experienced by native fish.
Over the long-term, estimates indicate that fish numbers have declined to 10% of their natural populations– a stark reminder that governments need to do more to support our native fish. We need a coordinated approach to recover our native fish for future generations.
Five million dollars has been committed for the development and initial implementation of a Native Fish Recovery Strategy to do this.
What has happened since the fish deaths in 2019?
Since the mass fish deaths in the Lower Darling in December 2018–January 2019, Basin governments have actioned a range of new activities to protect our iconic native fish.
Following an Independent Assessment of the 2018–19 fish deaths in the Lower Darling, chaired by Professor Rob Vertessy, the Australian Government has committed over $88 million to a suite of measures to protect native fish.
How do I make a submission?
Between 10 March and 14 April 2020, you can make a submission by completing the online survey on this site (including uploading an attachment if you wish to).
What information is being sought from submissions in March 2020?
What happens after I submit?
Each submission, except for any attachment supplied in confidence, will be published on this website shortly after we receive it, and will remain there indefinitely as a public document.We will consider each submission and how it may change or influence the final strategy, but will not be able to respond to you directly.
What information will be removed (redacted) from my submission?
Before being published on this site, any personal information (e.g.
home and email address, signatures, phone/ mobile numbers), defamatory statements, abusive language, commercially sensitive information or statements about third parties (and the like) will be redacted if they are present in your submission.
Only your name will be published with your submission, if you have given your permission for it to be included.
Can I make a part of my submission confidential?
Are there any other ways I can provide a submission?
What about copyright?
Copyright in submissions sent to the MDBA resides with the author(s).
Do not send us material for which you are not the copyright owner, such as newspaper articles (instead please reference or link to this material in your submission).