Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach
Native Fish Showcase Webinar Series
Every Friday during threatened species month, 2021
Every Friday during threatened species month we learnt about the fish in the Upper Murrumbidgee River from four perspectives.
10 September – Recording Available
Native fish in the Upper Murrumbidgee – the good, the few and the missing.
The webinar will discuss the fish fauna of the upper Murrumbidgee Catchment (native and alien), the major and emerging threats, and the status of the threatened species that we are trying to conserve and recover. Associate Professor Mark Lintermans is a freshwater scientist with more than 30 years’ experience in fisheries research and management. He is an engaging speaker who loves nothing more than talking about our native fish.
Speaker: Mark Lintermans
17 September – Recording Available
Reaching for Recovery of the endangered Macquarie Perch in the Upper Bidgee.
Felicity updated us on the status of the Macquarie Perch, why the upper Murrumbidgee is so important to this species, and what we are trying to do to ‘#BringBackTheMacca’ in South East NSW. She was joined by Lori who will talk about the ‘in the river’ and ‘along the riverbank’ restoration projects underway in the Bidgee to provide the habitat and homes Maccas need to thrive.
24 September – Recording Available
Learn about the Murray River crayfish and the work to help them thrive in the wild.
Murray River crayfish (Euastacus armatus) are the second largest freshwater crayfish in the world. Historically widespread throughout the Murray River system, this species has declined significantly in recent decades due multiple impacts including river regulation, overfishing, habitat loss and pollution. Long time crayfish enthusiast Dr Danswell Starrs will share the latest information about monitoring, researching and managing this special freshwater species.
Speaker: Danswell Starrs
1 October – Recording Available
Hear about efforts to develop resilience for the Stocky galaxias, a critically endangered species that resides in only 3km of stream habitat.
Stocky galaxias is a tiny critically endangered fish species that resides in only 3km of stream habitat in Kosciusko National Park. When 56% of its habitat was severely burnt during the Black Summer Bushfires a group of galaxiid experts joined forces to ensure it would no longer have all of its eggs in one stream (the fish equivalent of eggs in one basket!). The team is not only rehabilitating its existing habitat, but is creating brand new homes for Stocky, so as to curb the extinction risk for this special little icon of the Snowy Mountains.
This webinar series was held as part of The Native Fish Recovery Strategy, which is funded through the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and supporting communities across Australia to bring back our native fish. The Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach is one of these communities, working hard to raise awareness and share knowledge about our amazing native fish.
Professor Mark Lintermans
Dr. Danswell Stars
Acknowledgement of funding
This project was funded by the Native Fish Recovery Strategy.
The Native Fish Recovery Strategy is funded under the joint programs and coordinated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
The joint programs promote and coordinate effective planning, management and sharing of the water and other natural resources of the Murray-Darling Basin.