The Sunraysia River Repair Bus have been busy undertaking weekly restoration projects within Bottle Bend Reserve alongside members of the NSW Western Landcare Group-Bottle Bend Reserve managers.
The activities have included weed removal, rubbish collection, scientific research with local schools and protecting indigenous artefacts.
OzFishers have also worked with the group to install a two-kilometre fence around the border of a vital riparian corridor along the Murray River which will protect the riparian habitat including cultural values and provide designated river access points.
Riparian areas are inextricably linked with our waterways and our native fish need good quality riparian habitat to thrive. Fish rely on riparian vegetation for bank stabilisation, run-off water filtration, good water quality, water temperature regulation, shelter habitat provision, and as a key food source.
Replanting native vegetation along rivers means future snags, and future snags means more homes for fish. Did you know that Murray cod love to lay their eggs on snags? Incredibly, 80% of Murray cod are found within 1m of a snag!