Ozfish Sunraysia Chapter (Mildura)

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OzFish Sunraysia (Mildura) was started by Nangiloc Fishing Club and fishing contest. The Chapter is organized and run by a small group of young enthusiastic anglers and would not be able to run without the help of dedicated volunteers from the Nangiloc and Mildura community.

The Chapter promotes safe and sustainable fishing practices in the community as well as helping to support, maintain and develop community projects, for example the Nangiloc sports centre. We strongly believe in community spirit and giving back to the people who deserve it.

The Nangiloc Fishing Club was formed in 2014 by four anglers who wanted to make a difference in the Nangiloc community, the Stress Less Fishing Classic is held on March long weekend every year, the contest runs over two days with Friday night sign on and ten hours of pure fishing heaven on Saturday and four hour’s fishing on Sunday. Since formation we have established the club, and planned numerous activities to raise funds and enable better habitat for better fishing.

Future plans include:

  • Promotion of responsible and ecologically sustainable recreational fishing practices

  • Improving the general ecological knowledge of recreational anglers

  • Enhance community awareness regarding aquatic ecosystems and the fish that depend on them

  • Increase the community presence and promote responsible angling at local primary schools

  • Ensure the next generation of kids will be able to love and enjoy the river system like many of us have and will keep doing.

  • To maintain and re-develop the Nangiloc community recreational centre.

We have applied for grants to help the recreational anglers gain knowledge of sustainable fishing practices through informative signs, brag mats and stubby holders. We hope to inspire other fishing clubs to take a lead in native fish habitat restoration by sharing new age ideas, the experience and knowledge we are gain through the environmental works projects that we are undertaking.

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Projects

Fish Talks at the Pub, 2018

Fish Talks at the Pub provide a great opportunity for recreational anglers to come along and learn about our local fishing rules and regulations from a NSW local Fisheries Officer. Presentations also offer enhanced understanding of fish ecology, habitat and what fish need to thrive and survive. 

 

 

Catch a Carp Day – April 14, 2018

Sunraysia Chapter held another successful ‘Catch a Carp’ event removing over 140 carp from the Butlers Creek. The children (and adults ) enjoyed searching for water bugs with Susan Saris from Mallee CMA, and gaining lots of knowledge from Julia Beechey from Parks Victoria with a touch & feel section.  Thank you to Lower Murray Water, TJM Mildura and Sunraysia marine for donating prizes.

 

OzFish Sunraysia Catch a Carp Day – Feb 11, 2018

OzFish Sunraysia & Nangiloc Fishing Club hosted another successful Catch a Carp event, held on 11th February 2018 at Kings Billabong. This family event teaches fishers about feral pest species, fishing and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Gone Fishing Day 2017

Sunraysia OzFish hosted their Catch a Carp/ Gone Fishing Day event day on the banks of the Murray River. Under a perfect sunny sky an impressive 92 fishers showed up for the fun. Over 60 prizes were given away in the carp fishing contest which included rod & reel combos, lures and other tackle. Drinks and BBQ was also supplied and everyone had a ball!

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Rubbish Clean up Day,  22 November 2017

Today OzFish Sunraysia members went to Lock 11 island in Mildura to clean up litter. There was about 7 bags FULL of rubbish, including tin cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, paper, fishing line, cardboard, bait containers, glass and even a nappy and an old swag!

Habitat Mapping at Butlers Creek

Butlers Creek is located in Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve. A small creek that runs off the Murray River and connects Ducksfoot Lagoon, Baggs Lagoon and Kings Billabong, it provides vital resources and habitat for small and large bodied native fish. 

Sunraysia Ozfish were recently successful in the 2017/18 Angler Riparian Partnership Program (ARPP). The ARPP is grant funding available for recreational angling groups to work together with the Victorian Government to improve the local habitat for native fishes. This round of funding has allowed Sunraysia Ozfish to Habitat map Kings Billabong. The data collected will then help contribute to future programs like restoring the degraded habitat at Kings Billabong, installing recreational angling platforms and other facilities within Kings Billabong.

The mapping of the area will provide data for future habitat rehabilitation activities like resnagging, weeding and planting riparian vegetation….read more