Canberran recreational fishers will hear from leading scientists and conservationists on the future of fishing in the Territory at a forum at the Link in Ginnindery on Wednesday 12 April.
The free event is being organised by OzFish Unlimited, Australia’s only recreational fishing conservation charity. The charity empowers communities to take part in habitat restoration and brings together diverse interests to support our native fish.
Hosts on the night will be the OzFish Murrumbidgee ACT Chapter – the newest addition to the charity’s network of more than 50 across Australia. It was set up earlier this year in collaboration with the Ginninderry Conservation Trust Volunteers and looks after a stretch of the Murrumbidgee from below Shepherds Lookout west of Belconnen to the inflow of Ginninderra Creek, across the border in New South Wales.
Taking place from 6pm the event is designed to engage avid recreational fishers with a star lineup of talks planned. The speakers will unveil the latest info and science and hope to motivate locals to take part in future projects.
Speakers on the night will include Dr Siwan Lovett, Director at the Australian River Restoration Centre, who will explain why the Upper Murrumbidgee is a ‘forgotten river’ and what anglers can do to secure its future.
Also featuring on the night will be Antia Brademan, Facilitator at the Upper Murrumbidgee Reach, who will discuss the good work being done to ensure the survival of endangered Macqaurie perch. Rounding out the trio of speakers will be Matt Beitzel, aquatic ecologist for the ACT Government, talking through the methods used to survey fish in the Murrumbidgee.
Tyson Powell, Caring for Country Team Leader at the Gininderry Conservation Corridor and President of the OzFish Murrumbidgee ACT Chapter, will deliver a presentation on what the groups are achieving together in the area.
“Key to getting people involved in fish habitat restoration is providing the information and tools to give them an understanding of why it’s important,” said Mr Powell.
“This event does just that and I encourage local people to come along. Not only will you have an entertaining evening and hear about the challenges facing our fish and waterways but discover how you can be part of the solution.”
The event will take place at The Link, Ginninderry, on Wednesday 12 April, from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are free and food will be provided with spot prizes also up for grabs. Early registration is essential.
This project has been funded by Ginninderry Conservation Trust and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.