Chapters

Murrumbidgee ACT Chapter

Murrumbidgee ACT Chapter

Set-up in partnership with the Ginninderry Conservation Trust, its primary focus is the Murrumbidgee River – particularly a stretch from below Shepherds Lookout west of Belconnen to the inflow of Ginninderra Creek, across the border in New South Wales. The stretch of the Murrumbidgee River in question faces a number of challenges, including: invasive species, weeds and a fragmented riparian zone, silting, erosion, and pollution. Chapter members will engage in a range of restoration activities to return healthy habitat and raise awareness of its importance within the local community. 

Lake Macquarie Chapter

Lake Macquarie Chapter

The Lake Mac Chapter is a group of passionate local anglers that want to see the lake perform at its maximum potential. Through education, habitat restoration projects, and some good old beer garden catch-ups, the chapter is confident they can make a difference.

Sydney Harbour Chapter

Sydney Harbour Chapter

Sydney Harbour is one of the largest estuaries in Australia and supports a rich diversity of marine life and complex habitat. With over 90% of its shorelines urbanised, fish have had to adapt to different habitats and make a home within the various artificial structures that surround the waterways of Sydney.

Wellington Chapter

Wellington Chapter

The need for more fish habitat within the Macquarie is critical. The Wellington Chapter invites local recreational anglers to join the Chapter and community partners to work towards a healthy, vibrant and more productive fishery. The OzFish Wellington Chapter plans to use funds raised from the Burrundong Easter Classic competition to help recreational fishers in Wellington promote sustainable fishing, undertake rubbish cleanups, and increase the capacity of the rivers to carry more native fish stocks.

Northern Tablelands Chapter

Northern Tablelands Chapter

Formerly operating as the Tenterfield Chapter, this is one of our longest-running OzFish chapters around. The members of this chapter has made it a mission to educate recreational fishers on the importance of getting involved in fish habitat. From small creek like Tenterfield and endangered species, this chapter leaves no stone unturned in their quest for better habitat and better fishing. OzFish members enjoy connecting with fellow anglers and the OzFish community across Australia. Many members give their time volunteering hours every year to local projects that protect, restore and revitalise your favourite fishing spots.

Campaspe Loddon Chapter

Campaspe Loddon Chapter

Earlier in 2021, a few members of local angling clubs in the region decided to join forces to form a local OzFish chapter to improve the health of our waterways and give the fish a helping hand. The Chapter wants to work alongside local groups to improve both the environment and fishing in the region. A foundation project for the Chapter is to enhance fish habitat at Lake Eppalock through mapping of existing habitat to help identify key locations for re-snagging efforts. Future projects also include an in-water habitat rehabilitation project for Barkers Creek Reservoir currently being developed with Bendigo & District Fly Fishers Inc. and water management authorities in the region. The Chapter also hopes to organise riparian vegetation planting and cleanups at popular fishing locations between Kyneton and Bendigo.

Clarence River Chapter

Clarence River Chapter

The Clarence catchment is home to many great anglers and is a popular area for tourists to wet a line. The upper Clarence and its tributaries have some of the most unsurpassed bass fishing in the country. These waterways are perfect for canoeing and taking in the natural scenery. The lower Clarence and estuarine areas have flathead, bream, jewfish, whiting, luderick, and mangrove jacks on offer. It’s also an enormous catchment, recreational fishers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and types of fishing to get this Chapter over the line to ensure this catchment keeps its title as the best place to fish in New South Wales. In the upper reaches of the Clarence, bushfires, clearing, weeds, and cattle trampling the riverbank have affected the riparian zone, lowering the water quality. Further downstream, mangroves, saltmarshes, swamps and seagrass have been degraded or altered. These ecosystems are essential for providing food and shelter for fishes, especially in the juvenile stage. With local knowledge, generations of fishing experience, a passion for healthy habitat, and representing various parts of the Clarence, they make a motivated team ready to tackle issues facing their waterway.

Moree Chapter

Moree Chapter

The Moree OzFish Chapter unites local recreational fishers in safeguarding and revitalizing their beloved fishing spots. Originally sparked by a cleanup initiative at Four Mile, the endeavor has grown to involve the entire community in fostering fish habitat. Situated amidst the abundant waterways of the Gwydir and Mehi Rivers, as well as groundwater reservoirs, Moree boasts exceptional fishing opportunities, with OzFish playing a pivotal role in empowering residents to preserve and enhance these precious aquatic ecosystems. They now have a fulltime river repair bus located in the town to further support employment and habitat restoration for our rivers. he Moree Chapter are keen to get some gloves on, clear these weeds and replace them with hundreds of natives to create a healthy ecosystem and better fishing.

Fremantle Chapter

Fremantle Chapter

The Fremantle chapter of OzFish is dedicated to two key initiatives: Seeds for Snapper in Cockburn Sound and the Swan Reefs RUV citizen science project. With a primary focus on Seeds for Snapper, the chapter aims to replenish and enhance snapper populations by supporting seagrass restoration along the Western Australian coastline.

Concurrently, their involvement in the Swan Reefs RUV citizen science project emphasises collaborative efforts to monitor and safeguard the health of the Swan River’s aquatic ecosystems. Through these initiatives, the Fremantle Chapter actively engages local communities in conservation efforts while fostering sustainable fishing practices for future generations.

Peel-Harvey Chapter

Peel-Harvey Chapter

The Peel Harvey chapter of OzFish is steadfast in its commitment to preserving and enhancing the ecological balance of the entire aquatic system, addressing both its upper and lower reaches. With a multifaceted approach, the chapter actively works on initiatives such as marron habitat restoration, where efforts are focused on nurturing and protecting vital habitats for this iconic freshwater crustacean. Additionally, projects like “Pimp My Jetty” underscore the chapter’s dedication to enhancing recreational fishing infrastructure while concurrently supporting ecosystem health. By engaging in a diverse range of initiatives, the Peel Harvey chapter strives to ensure the sustainability and resilience of the region’s aquatic environments for both marine life and local communities alike.

Goondiwindi Chapter

Goondiwindi Chapter

The Goondiwindi Chapter of OzFish stands as a beacon for promoting sustainable fishing practices while actively contributing to the restoration of fish habitats in the region. Central to their efforts is the annual Goondiwindi Classic, a celebrated event that not only fosters camaraderie among anglers but also serves as a platform to champion responsible fishing practices and environmental stewardship. Beyond the tournament, the chapter demonstrates an unwavering passion for restoring fish habitats throughout the area, recognising the critical role healthy ecosystems play in supporting vibrant fish populations. Through community engagement and collaborative conservation efforts, the Goondiwindi OzFish chapter continues to make significant strides in safeguarding the region’s aquatic resources for future generations to enjoy.

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