OzFish calls for habitat restoration to be part of the Snapper solution in SA

OzFish calls for habitat restoration to be part of the Snapper solution in SA

OzFish Unlimited has announced its intention to pursue habitat restoration projects important to snapper such as shellfish and seagrass to contribute to snapper recovery in South Australia.

Dr Michael Sierp Senior Program Manager for OzFish in SA said he hoped there would be a range of government and non-government partners that would want to work with them to enhance this important fishery.

“We need to focus our energy on how we can improve the fish habitat, and that is what OzFish is all about. We’re an agile and innovative national charity that is getting things done to improve fish habitat,” stated Dr Sierp.

OzFish uses a mixture of experienced professionals and community volunteers to provide the best value for project delivery with many significant examples of habitat restoration completed across Australia. The South Australian Snapper fishery stakeholders can only benefit by engaging with OzFish where projects will assist recreational, commercial and conservation interests.

OzFish will be approaching local, state and federal government agencies to develop projects in the interest of snapper. They are also open to discussing with the community who would like to be part of the project In Western Australia a restoration project currently underway in Cockburn Sound by OzFish is proving beneficial to restoring snapper habitat.

The Seeds for Snapper project sees hundreds of recreational fishers and community members get involved collecting and spreading millions of seagrass seeds to restore lost seagrass. Cockburn Sound is a vital breeding ground for baby pink snapper in the region and it’s lost over 80per cent of its seagrass.

“There is no reason why a project like Seeds for Snapper or similar cannot be undertaken in South Australia.”

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Read the position statement by Dr Michael Sierp, SA Program Manager and Craig Copeland CEO Ozfish –  November 2019 

MEDIA CONTACT

Renee Ferenc
Director of Engagement and Culture
0402 019 193
reneeferenc@ozfish.org.au


About OzFish
OzFish Unlimited is a national not-for-profit charity established to improve the health of our rivers, lakes and estuaries. It is a member-based organisation dedicated to make our fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive. Their active work includes; habitat restoration such as resnagging, riverbank planting, fishways, shellfish reefs and educational and community capacity building programs.

To support more of OzFish’s valuable work, you can donate over the counter at any BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing store or sign up online to become a member and join the OzFish movement.