Locals work toward more fish in the Southern Downs

September 4, 2019

OzFish Unlimited, a national charity protecting and improving Australia’s fishing and fish habitat has launched its newest chapter today in Warwick, South East Queensland.

Chief Executive Officer and OzFish Unlimited founder, Craig Copeland, said the formation of the chapter was a great example of local people working together to help their local rivers.

“You don’t need to have any knowledge of fish habitat rehabilitation to get involved sometimes it’s simply people with energy, a passion for the environment and time that goes a long way,” Mr Copeland said.

“We know that by improving the quality and extent of habitat, fish will thrive.

“We see this as a positive step for the local fish habitat. It’s been exciting to see locals get involved as activating local communities is part of what we do.

“Your local OzFish Chapter is the place to get involved in local fish habitat restoration projects in such as re-snagging, riverbank planting or anything that will ultimately improve your fish habitat.

“I encourage local residents who would like to volunteer in fish habitat rehabilitation to connect with the Warwick OzFish Chapter either as a volunteer or a member.”

Long-time Warwick resident Ed Kemp is the new chapter’s President and the group’s second project is aimed at improving the Murray Cod breeding habitat in the Leslie Dam.

Murray Cod is one of Australia’s most important recreational fish and more habitat in the Dam will increase productivity in the Dam. 

The Warwick chapter is the 30th across the country and has also set its sights on improving the habitat for Murray Cod and other native fish species in the Upper Condamine catchment.

For more information go to ozfish.org.au, become a member and get connected to your local chapter or contribute to this great work in your local BCF store. More information on the local chapter can be found at: www.facebook.com/OzFishWarwick