NATIVE fish across the state are set to benefit from almost $550,000 worth of grants for on-ground fish rehabilitation projects, New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced today (Tuesday).
Ms Hodgkinson says Habitat Action Grants (HAGs) will be provided for a range of projects across NSW using funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts.
“Twenty-five HAGs have been allocated this year to recreational anglers, community groups, landholders and local councils to restore and rehabilitate freshwater and saltwater fish habitats,” Ms Hodgkinson says in a statement.
“The HAGs are another great example of how money raised from the recreational fishing fee is being used to support the improvement of fish populations across NSW.
“Rehabilitation of fish habitat will provide long-term sustainable benefits for native fish stocks, which will ultimately provide a substantial benefit for anglers and provide more opportunities for rural and regional communities to promote local tourism.
“Recreational angling is the backbone of many local communities, stimulating the local economy and bringing jobs and investment.
“The ultimate outcome of these projects is more fish in our waterways,” Ms Hodgkinson says.
The 25 projects to receive funding cover popular fishing spots in NSW, including:
Opening up almost 100km of habitat for fish through the remediation of three fish passage barriers in the Hunter and Central West catchments;
Enhancing in-stream habitat through river bank stabilisation and the installation of woody habitat such as the construction of snag complexes in the Macquarie Rivulet and the Hunter, Talbragar and Queanbeyan Rivers;
Restoration of fish nursery areas such as significant coastal wetlands at Tomago Wetland in the Hunter Estuary, Belmore Wetland in the Macleay catchment and Tambourine Bay Wetland on the Lane Cover River; and,
Salt marsh and mangrove rehabilitation in a number of coastal estuaries.
Further information on HAGs at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries.