OzFish is dedicated to helping local rec fishers across Australia take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries. We partner with members and the broader community to invest time and money into the protection and restoration of our waterways.
The Club has been very active in the local community, working together to construct and install all-abilities fishing jetties and caring for fish habitat.
After several successful smaller projects, the Club realised that they could tackle more ambitious projects together with OzFish and the OzFish Murray Goulburn Chapter was established.
Local waterways are home to a wide range of native species making it an angler’s delight. Popular spots include Greens Lake, Broken Creek, the Goulburn River, Lake Eildon and the Murray River just to name a few. Not only are all of these waterways fantastic places to wet a line, they also have significant environmental, social and cultural values
Rainbow trout, golden perch, brown trout and the Murray spiny crayfish can be found in many of the rivers and creeks in the region.
The Natalia Angling Club participated in several fish rescues before the establishment of the OzFish Chapter.
Several factors including low levels of rainfall, changes in water management and over-allocation, caused some of the rivers and waterbodies in the region to dry up.
The anglers relocated native species to prevent them from dying when the water levels became too low and depleted of oxygen.
By establishing an OzFish Chapter, members will have access to expert advice and support in the event of future fish rescue operations.
In addition to the threat of future fish kills, the Chapter are concerned about poor water quality and invasive species.
Poor water quality is caused by a number of factors including erosion, a lack of native riparian vegetation, sediment and nutrient runoff, and litter.
Members are also concerned about barriers to fish passage, cold water pollution and a lack of environmental flows.
The highly altered state of some of the local waterways preferences invasive species such as carp and redfin over native fish.
Chapter members are keen to roll up their sleeves and get the following projects underway: