Saltwater Creek Cairns Fish Habitat Boost

OzFish Unlimited

The Cairns Chapter of OzFish Unlimited will receive $1.5 million in funding from the Australian Government's Urban Rivers and Catchments Program.

The funding will allow the members of the Cairns Chapter of OzFish Unlimited to undertake habitat restoration and improve wetland connectivity in the Saltwater and Lilly Creek catchments in partnership with local recreational fishers, the Cairns Regional Council, traditional owners Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and other community partners.

OzFish Cairns Chapter president and project manager Phil Laycock said, "Urban catchments like Saltwater and Lilly Creek are under pressure from the effects of development and urban runoff, however they play an important role in supporting the life cycles of the fish recreational fishers love to catch."

Fish surveys in Saltwater Creek conducted by OzFish have shown this waterway is an important nursery habitat for Mangrove Jack, Barramundi, Jungle Perch, Prawns and many other baitfish and native fish species that are so important in the food chain.

OzFish Cairns Chapter president and project manager Phil Laycock said, "There are some great opportunities to restore habitat and remove barriers to fish migration particularly in the mid and upper sections of Saltwater and Lilly Creeks that will boost the waterway's ability to support those juvenile Mangrove Jacks, Barramundi and the diversity of native species that still call the waterways home".

The funding will allow OzFish to do this by:

1. The removal/modification of at least two fish barriers

2.The restoration of fish habitat along sections of the main waterway totalling 600 metres

3.Implement aquatic weed control and riparian revegetation along at least 1.5 kilometres of waterways.

Gimuy Walubara Yidinji Traditional Owner and ranger Jiritju Fourmile said "these waterways are important places to us and our culture" "we are pleased to be working in partnership with OzFish to care for this country. Being part of this project helps us connect with and protect our culture as well as improving fish habitat for future generations".

Recreational fishers and community members who would like to be part of the team working on this habitat restoration can join OzFish by going to the website OzFish Membership | OzFish Unlimited and signing up or by contacting Phil

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