The OzFish Hunter River Chapter are working together with Lower Hunter Landcare to restore the riparian vegetation of 500m of Hunter Riverbank, removing the problematic Balloon Vine and replacing weeds with a corridor of native vegetation set to provide shade, insects and habitat for the fish in this reach.
In April 2020, OzFish Hunter Chapter volunteers with Luskintyre Landcare planted over 1,200 plants to stabilise the bank in the area and provide a reliable ongoing food source for native fish.
Did you know that up to 40% of a freshwater fish’s diet can come from surrounding vegetation? Delicious insects both slimy and crunchy. It’s important we provide a place for these insects and land-based species to live.
By planting native grasses and shrubs in the catchment, we are ensuring our native fish have a better chance to flourish and thrive.
Plus, native vegetation plays an important role in maintaining water quality as it helps filter sediments, nutrients, and pollutants from run-off before they enter our waterways. Plant more plants!