Resnagging the Merri River (Part 2)

Back in August we saw OzFish SW Victoria Chapter team up with BCF and the Warrnambool community in launching their Resnagging the Merri River project. After 4 months of waiting for favorable weather, the right conditions  finally  arrived. Over the weekend, 7 ‘fish habitat packs’ were installed in the Merri River. These packs contained large redgum root balls, rocks, lay down snags and fish hotels.

Previously devoid of any in-stream structure, the new installations in the Merri River are now providing important habitat for local species such as estuary perch, bream, mulloway and tupong. These structures will also help prevent erosion of the river bed and river banks. BCF is also chipping in and helping with planting 500 trees along the river bank.

Local mascot Percy Perch attended the the project to witness the installation of his new home. Boy was he stoked!!

Perce_a place to call home

After years of being homeless, I've finally just received the keys to my new placeOver the weekend the team from Glenelg Hopkins CMA and OzFish SW Victoria Chapter returned a whole range of fish habitat up and down the Merri River in Warrnambool.Thanks to all the supporters of the Merri River "Big Fish Hotel" crowdfunding campaign, the guys at BCF and the Victorian Government for making it happen. What a fish-tastic day!!OzFish Unlimited BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing DELWP BarwonSouthWest Australian River Restoration Centre Reeves Bakery Adzweld Fabrications Water Technology Fonterra Midfield Meats Fishcare South West Inc. Fishcare Victoria Inc. Austral Research and Consulting #HarringtonPropertyGroup #blighvegetationmanagement VRFish Victorian Fisheries Authority My Fishing Place Southwest victoria fishing reports Merv Hughes Fishing SHIMANO Australia Fishing The Creative Collective YouFishTV Richardson Marine #waterforvictoria

Posted by Perce Perch on Monday, 11 December 2017

What a huge difference all this will make to the Merri River fishery!  Big thanks to the local community who showed up and made this all possible. Also thanks to Fishcare SW inc, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Warrnambool Coastcare, Landcare Network and Austral Research & Consulting for their contribution.