Fisheries

Sustainable Agriculture, Water

NRM Reef Catchments is working with community and industry to promote sustainable fisheries management in the Mackay Whitsunday region.

Rock ramp fishway Lagoons.

Reef Catchments Sustainable Fisheries

Reef Catchments is actively working with the community and industry to promote sustainable fisheries management in the Mackay Whitsunday region.

Current activities include:

  • Working with industry members, fisheries experts and community to develop sustainability frameworks for local fisheries management
  • Partnering with industry members, fisheries experts and community to run local sustainable fisheries demonstration trials
  • Coordinating field trips and information days to promote sustainable fisheries management in the Mackay Whitsunday region

Demonstrations and Trials

Reef Catchments monitors a selection of our systems repair activities, including sites where barriers to fish passage have been removed, riparian zones have been restored, and fish-ways have been installed to gauge the increase in fish movement.

Within this body of work, we will monitor for species that have economic value to the region’s fisheries, such as barramundi. We will be able to use industry-approved figures to calculate the economic value of improving our riparian areas and increasing the freedom of movement of fish within our freshwater systems to commercial fishers.

Reef Catchments believes that by improving the way we manage our land and improve our waterways we can have a positive impact on fish numbers and improve the value of our commercial fishery in the long term.

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