Discovering the depths

Members from local angling clubs and community groups discovered the underwater goings-on of fish habitat in their local waterways.

The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) hosted a boat tour as a show and tell for people to learn more about the reason behind the fish habitat we have been installing over the last 15 years.

East Gippsland CMA Chief Executive Officer Bec Hemming said, “Over the years, numerous methods for creating fish habitat have been used. Natural materials have been used to create fish habitat using local timber including logs and root balls to mimic an underwater haven for fish.”

“Most recently, 32 structures were introduced to Jones Bay in the Gippsland Lakes. These structures consist of root balls and stumps that have been lying in farmers paddocks for years. Rather than pile them up and burn them, landholders have agreed to let the East Gippsland CMA use them as fish habitat.” Added Bec

Increasing underwater habitat is beneficial and provides shelter and food sources for native fish. Aquatic invertebrates also benefit from this underwater structure, as do other species that rely on these invertebrates and fish as a food source.

Recreational fishing enthusiasts reap the benefits of abundant fish populations, making fishing more enjoyable and rewarding. This project, made possible with funds raised through Recreational Fishing Licence fees, benefits fish populations and angling opportunities.

It has been a joint effort over the years, with the Victorian Fisheries Authority, angling clubs, community groups and agencies working together to improve our waterways for native fish.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.