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Introduction

The Clarence catchment is home to many great anglers and is a popular area for tourists to wet a line. It’s also an enormous catchment, recreational fishers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and types of fishing to get this one over the line!

Let’s introduce you to our executives, Kayla is from Brushgrove, Peter from Yamba and Ros from Lake Wooloweyah, these locals came together with a common goal to restore fish habitat.

With local knowledge, generations of fishing experience, a passion for healthy habitat, and representing various parts of the Clarence, they make a motivated team ready to tackle issues facing their waterway.

Geographical area

This OzFish Chapter is established on Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl country, and we acknowledge Elders past and present.

The Clarence is the largest river on the New South Wales East Coast and has a catchment area of 22,716km2. The OzFish Clarence Chapter stretches from Wooli in the south to Black Rock in the north.

Tabulam is the western point of the OzFish Clarence Chapter, and eastward are the sea-side towns and villages of Yamba, Iluka, Brooms Head, The Sandon, Minnie Water and Wooli.

Fishing on the Clarence

The Clarence region is a fisher’s paradise with the best of freshwater, estuary, beach, rock and offshore fishing.

The upper Clarence and its tributaries have some of the most unsurpassed bass fishing in the country. These waterways are perfect for canoeing and taking in the natural scenery. The lower Clarence and estuarine areas have flathead, bream, jewfish, whiting, luderick, and mangrove jacks on offer. There are many creeks, boat ramps, extensive mudflats, mangrove forests and lakes that the whole family can easily access. The area boasts beautiful beaches, headlands and break walls where you might be lucky enough to land yourself a tailor, groper or jewfish. Offshore you will find mahi-mahi, mackerel, snapper and kingfish.

Issues we face

In the upper reaches of the Clarence, bushfires, clearing, weeds, and cattle trampling the riverbank have affected the riparian zone, lowering the water quality. Further downstream, mangroves, saltmarshes, swamps and seagrass have been degraded, drained, cleared or altered. These ecosystems are essential for providing food and shelter for fishes, especially in the juvenile stage.

Seagrass has disappeared from Lake Woolweyah, which is a vital nursery for many recreational fishing target species. The OzFish Clarence Chapter are looking forward to working with Clarence Valley Council, Southern Cross University and Valley Watch to help understand drivers of seagrass loss and explore the possibility of seagrass restoration.

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Latest News From OzFish Clarence River Chapter

One Of The Biggest Fishing Catchment Areas In Australia Set To Be Prioritised

OzFish Australia’s fastest-growing fishing conservation charity is now ready to protect and restore fish habitats in one of the biggest catchment areas for fishing in Australia, with its newly announced Clarence River Chapter. The Clarence is the biggest coastal river system in NSW with a waterway that stretches over a staggering 250 kilometers and has a catchment area of approximately 22,700 square kilometers. The OzFish Clarence River Chapter will create a platform for keen recreational fishers and community members to work together on habitat restoration projects that benefit native fish. OzFish are fortunate to have the services of a passionate team of recreational fishers who are excited to give back to their local waterway.

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