Tilapia found in Bowen

Native fish in Mullers Lagoon are vulnerable to the noxious Tilapia species. The pest was identified in the Bowen waterway by our Catchment Solutions water sampling team in December. Tilapia displace and prey on local species and have been observed to spread disease in waterways where they have been previously found. The Whitsunday Regional Council […]

A fishway in photos: Mackay Gooseponds Fishway Repair

Fishways are essential in improving connectivity and building a more sustainable and healthy native fish population. Fish migration is essential, particularly for important diadromous (migratory) species such as; barramundi, mangrove jack, giant herring, tarpon, jungle perch and Australian bass. All these fish species breed in estuarine or marine environments, before their off-spring migrate into freshwater […]

From little fish, big fish grow

It sounds obvious, but it’s a feat of nature few of us witness – small fish need time, uninterrupted access to our waterways and a whole lot of good quality habitat to become the big catch that sends tingles through an angler’s spine. In the quiet of the creeks and rivers, if there’s something getting […]

Baby barramundi ascending

Following recent fishway monitoring in the Mackay-Whitsunday region, sampling on Boundary Creek in the Rocky Dam Creek Catchment in Koumala has revealed juvenile barramundi as small as 43 mm were successfully ascending the fishway. Catchment Solutions aquatic ecologist, Matt Moore, remains excited about the construction of purpose built fishways in the Mackay-Whitsunday area. “Most fishways […]

Mackay fish face serious transit challenges

If our waterways were a road system, our local fish would have a lot to complain about. A newly released report has found fish in the Mackay Whitsunday area face up to 4000 potential barriers as they attempt to migrate across our region, leaving no aquatic ‘highway’ to move on.

1000 barra fingerlings ready to make a splash at Reef Catchments Family Fishing Fun Day

With hundreds of baby Barra headed to Mackay, Mackay families have an exciting opportunity to take part in a hands-on day of fishing action and education at the Reef Catchments Family Fishing Fun Day, Saturday 19 September.

Traditional Owners meet on Country to plan natural resource management activities in the Mackay Whitsunday region

Representatives of the Gia, Ngaro, Yuwi-bara and Koinjmal Traditional Owner groups recently spent two days at Action Challenge, Hay Point, to identify their priorities for natural resource management in the region and build partnerships that will help them achieve their goals. This was also an opportunity for the different groups to spend time on Country […]

Working on Wetlands in Mackay-Whitsunday

More prominence will be given to the restoration, construction and maintenance of critical wetlands in the Mackay-Whitsunday region, thanks to the good work of the Wetland Working Group. Formed this year, the group aims to develop and share information on wetland activities that are happening locally, as well as seeking partnerships to add value to […]

Your region, have your say

New Natural Resource Management Plan 2014-2024 open for Public Review. A draft of the new Natural Resource Management Plan (2014-2024) for Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac is now available for public comment.  The plan provides the community and stakeholders an opportunity to have a final say on how our land, water, coasts and islands should be […]

Be a part of something bigger at Reef Blitz 2014

Residents and visitors in the Mackay and Whitsundays have a unique opportunity to discover, identify and record the plants and animals living in and around our Great Barrier Reef.  Those wanting to get involved in Reef Blitz 2014 this month will play an essential role in reef management, contributing meaningful data and findings from a […]