Ozfish Richmond River Chapter

Our Richmond River Chapter invites you to partner with us in protection and restoration of our local river system counteracting decades of degradation in several key areas, including up to 70% loss of the Richmond’s fish habitat, chronic acidity and related problems along with severe siltation.

Our Charter for the Richmond River;

  • Reverse the decline of fin fish stocks and marine biota on the Richmond.
  • Improve water quality to allow re-establishment of a Commercial Oyster Industry.

Considering all environmental factors, the Richmond River has been rated as the worst on the NSW coast and arguably the worst on the east coast of Australia (UNE health report, SCU studies, EPA).

Several restorations projects are currently being undertaken on other river systems in NSW to counter similar problems and include, Tomago Wetlands (Lower Hunter) Hexam Swamp (Hunter), Big Swamp Taree (Manning), Yarrahappini (Macleay), Darawakh – Great Lakes (Forster Tuncurry), Clybucca Swamp (Kempsey), Everlasting Swamp (Clarence).

Our two key objectives for the Richmond Chapter can only be achieved by working with our local councils, floodplain and hinterland agriculture, state and federal government departments to reverse practices that are now considered flawed and directly attributable to the key problem areas mentioned.


Wetland Restoration Education Program. Our Richmond River Chapter are doing an outstanding job in educating the next generation about importance of conservation of our waterways. The pilot program has been a resounding success so far with several local primary and high schools taking part in the Richmond Catchment area. The students showed great enthusiasm for many parts of the program especially the bird watching and working with the microscopes. Positive feedback came from the teachers too, who pointed out how easily the program aligned with the syllabus set by the DECC. Read more

Riparian Plantings. We have undertaken numerous riparian plantings including along Chikiba, Maguires and Emigrant Creek. Many of these plants are now established however some have been lost to the local council slasher. Ongoing planting and the installation of fencing should help with the recovery of the riparian corridor.

Emigrant Creek Resnagging. We have planned a resnagging for September/October 2017. Large woody debris or ‘snags’ are known to provide important habitat for fish. These snags have been systematically removed from the Richmond River system. Re-installation of snags will improve fish stock and other marine biota.

Richmond River Super Oysters. Last September Ozfish Richmond River Chapter partnered with local business Richmond Oysters and the DPI to trial selectively bred Sydney Rock Oysters, which scientists hoped might be more resilient in local conditions.  Read more

Tuckean Nature Reserve Options Study. The Tuckean Swamp is one of the biggest wetlands in New South Wales. Once dubbed ‘Kakadu of the South’ for its abundant wildlife, the Tuckean was an engine room for fisheries productivity throughout Northern NSW. Unfortunately we now know that the modifications to the hydrology of the swamp, largely through floodplain drainage infrastructure, has resulted in poor water quality across it’s floodplain. Read more

You can make a difference and it’s easy to get involved.

JOIN the Chapter by becoming an OzFish Member today!

CONNECT to the Chapter through their Facebook Group.