Tweed River Chapter

The Tweed River Chapter was started up by Simon Fitzpatrick in 2018 to help the local recreational fishers protect and restore fish habitat in the Tweed Valley.

Beginning its freshwater form at the Bray Park weir, the Tweed River extends its way up into the Tweed Valley and into some fantastic fishing country. The traditional custodians of the land, waterways and sea in this region are Bundjalung people.

You will see anglers fishing off rock, beach, riverbanks and offshore boat fishing spots. Within this entire area, all manner of species are on the chew. Jacks will chomp around most structures on the coast, big bream move into the river systems, closely followed by luderick.

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We are growing our membership base and are looking for recreational fishers who are interested in the work we do to give back to fish habitat.

Fish Habitat Focus

Local rec fishers are aware of a range of issues affecting the fish populations including agriculture, urbanization and recreation all have their impacts on the river and its inhabitants.

For this reason, the Chapter focuses heavily on addressing issues that degrade habitat such as erosion, sedimentation and fish barriers. Chapter members see great potential for improvement by opening up fish passage, fixing riparian zones and providing in-stream structures.

What fishing is the Tweed famous for?

Tweed has a mix of fishing so locals are never bored. The fishing in the river is often dictated by the tides, as it is a big river system, when the tide gets going it roars.  You can fish for bream on a simple set up, no lead and a single hook and simply let the bait waft down the water column with an open bail arm and it usually doesn’t take long for a fish to hit.

Keen anglers are also attracted to jewfish, which requires heavier gear ready to take on thirty pounds of fish and a range of hooks snelled together on a lead with live bait.   Finally, you get the mangrove jacks.  These red dogs will remain hidden in snaggy areas but will come out to attack your lure by ambush, getting the cast right is crucial to lure the jack out and land it successfully.

LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

JULY 2 2021 | Farmers Make Room For Fish

Volunteers from the Australia’s fishing conservation charity, OzFish Unlimited, have teamed up with landowners, Tweed  Landcare and Tweed Shire Council to plant  two thousand native trees for native fish along the banks of Johansen Creek, south of Murwillumbah.  In assisting the landholders, OzFish volunteers planted 600 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the creek located on Woodland Valley Farm. The native plantings will protect the bank from future erosion, filter runoff following heavy rain, regulate water temperature by providing shade and create a source of food for the native fish populations through attracting insects to the water’s edge. Originally a dairy farm that had experienced depleted and compacted soils, the owners Fabian and Jodie always wanted to see the farm return to a more sustainable and healthy state. The vegetation between land and river, commonly termed as the riparian zone, is vital to the health of our waterways. By relocating the cattle, we can allow the riparian zones to work their magic and do what they do best – create excellent fish habitat and protect our waterways.

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AUGUST 25 2020 | Tweed anglers asked to report their tilapia sightings

Tweed residents and anglers are being called upon to provide 'local intelligence' to limit the spread of one of the world's worst pest fish - tilapia - in Tweed Coast waterways. A public awareness campaign, supported by Tweed Shire Council and fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited, is being promoted to monitor tilapia populations, particularly in Cudgen Lake and Bogangar Canal. The fish was first confirmed there in 2014 and is the only known Mozambique tilapia population in NSW. Tilapia was introduced into Australia as an ornamental fish in the 1970s and can tolerate a wide range of habitats, including fresh and brackish water. Due to their aggressive nature, especially when breeding, tilapia impacts on native species, reducing their numbers, damaging native habitats and affecting water quality.

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Tweed River Supercharged Fish Habitat Installed - JULY 2020

OzFish Tweed River Chapter and Tweed Shire Council have improved native fish habitat with erosion stabilisation work on farmland close to where Dunbible Creek joins the Tweed River. The Tweed Shire Council project, just two kilometres upstream from Murwillumbah, was partially funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and initiated in partnership with OzFish Unlimited, Australia’s only fishing conservation charity, with support from their major partner BCF – Boating, Camping Fishing. A series of rock and log structures have been installed to replicate naturally occurring snags, and five ‘fish hotel’ units are being placed into a small embayment within the site.

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Bray Park Weir Tidal Protection Project

Bray Park Weir Tidal Protection Project

he Bray Park Wier Tidal Protection Project was put forward by the local council to potentially raise the weir wall to prevent saltwater incursion from entering the towns water supply. The Chapter worked to ensure that if the weir is upgraded, that fish passage would be adequate.  It was noted that the fish ladders already in place are deemed to be less than adequate in allowing fish of all sizes to pass. Chapter President Simon Fitzpatrick is a member of the Projects reference group, representing recreational fishers.

National Tree Day

National Tree Day

Tweed Shire Council hosted a National Tree Day planting activity. On this day, the OzFish Tweed River Chapter was there to assist in the riparian planting which will benefit a variety of flora and fauna including fish habitat. The site is within the catchment for Terranora Broadwater, which is an important estuarine habitat in the Tweed River estuary and also a good fishing spot. We worked alongside a variety of local volunteers, including Tweed Landcare and Stone & Wood Brewery and successfully re-vegetated the riparian zone with over 1,000 trees, plants and grasses.

Get Involved. Become a member of the OzFish Tweed Chapter and get involved in fish habitat restoration, riverbank planting, fish monitoring and resnagging, and everything in between. There is a membership for everyone.

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Every new member will receive an OzFish cap, sticker, facemasks and a $10 BCF Gift Card courtesy of our major partner.

Col Wiley Park Riparian Rehabilitation

OzFish Tweed River Chapter also partnered up with Tweed Shire Council and BCF to remove the existing weeds and replant native trees around Byangum Bridge.

Stage 1 included riparian planting below the bridge and the installation of a canoe launching facility.

Stage 2 focussed on removing weeds and planting out above the bridge. Clearing of riverbank (riparian) vegetation along certain areas has led to erosion of the river banks in many places in the Tweed catchment. The Chapter is always interested in working with landholders, councils, NGO’s and especially recreational fishers to rectify the impacts this has on our fishery.

Results of the hard work to date

BRUV (Baited Underwater Video) Monitoring

Fish numbers depend on the amount and quality of fish habitat. It’s that simple.

Our OzFish Tweed River Chapter have been busy collecting hours of footage from BRUV (Baited Underwater Video) drops in their study of the Tweed River. The results so far? An abundance of fish life can be seen around snags, and so far no fish have been found in areas without snags.
Together with our Major Parter BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing, we’ve already put back homes for Estuary Perch, Mulloway, Black Bream, Cod and Yellowbelly.

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