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Native Fish Recovery Strategy

Report Card: Q2 2021

Updated 22 April 2021 MDBA

The Strategy has a 30-year horizon to 2050, with 10-year implementation stages that aim to achieve four broad outcomes:

  1. Recovery and persistence of native fish
  2. Threats to native fish are identified and mitigated
  3. Communities are actively involved in native fish recovery
  4. Recovery actions are informed by best available knowledge.

 

The report card provides regular updates on status and progress, grouped by the 5 Actions and in the context of the 4 Outcomes.

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Meet the Recovery Reach Coordinators

Iain Ellis
Lower Darling

Iain coordinates the Lower Darling-Baaka Recovery Reach which is focused on restoring Lower Darling fish communities after the Menindee fish deaths.

Peter Rose
Mid-Murray Floodplains

Peter coordinates the Mid-Murray Floodplains Recovery Reach which is focused on improving 6 threatened floodplain fish species by restoring several wetlands.

Jacinta Cox
Upper Condamine

Jacinta coordinates the Upper Condamine Recovery Reach which is focused on improving populations, distribution and resilience of River Blackfish by building resilience to rising temperatures.

Antia Brademann
Upper Murrumbidgee

Antia coordinates the Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach which is focused on coordinating on-ground fish recovery programs and improve habitat complexity in sediment impacted streams.

Status Update

Click on each action panel below to view current status.

Approach, Activities and Status

  • MDBA are proposing to lean on the Cultural Advisory Group and Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advise to the steering group when required.
  • Seeking alternate avenues to:
    • actively generate community support for the long-term stewardship of native fish recovery (Suggested to be achieved through communication and engagement activities, and existing networks)
    • secure future government and non-government funding and support

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • All 4 recovery reaches have been selected and are underway, these include Lower Darling Recovery Reach, Murray River Recovery Reach, Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach and Upper Condamine “Blackfish” Recovery Reach.
  • The Minister has announced the establishment of the recovery reaches.
  • Planning and implementing recovery reach activities are underway.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • Recovery Coordinators have been established for each of the Recovery Reaches. The coordinators will Lead on ground activities across region, foster ongoing and effective relationships between key stakeholder groups and the community, provide mentoring, and help stakeholder and community capacity building.
  • Recovery Coordinators are Antia Brademann (UMRR), Iain Ellis (LDRR), Jacinta Cox (UCRR) and Peter Rose (MRRR).
  • The first coordinator meeting was held on the 31st of March.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • The requirement to consult and work with First Nations Groups during the implementation of the NFRS is embedded in each recovery reach agreement through the requirement to co-design recovery reach activities.
  • Project scoping discussions with First Nations peoples have been initiated to scope the Language sharing project.
  • A CAG meeting is currently being organised to scope producing a product that firstly meets the needs of First Nations people and non- indigenous stakeholders second.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • Each reach will develop a Recovery Reach monitoring and evaluation plan. Each plan is expected to differ in size and scale in accordance with size and scale of the recovery reach. They will monitor engagement, actions and ecological outcomes.
  • The RR M&E plans are due to be completed by the June 2021.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • The Native Fish Recovery Strategy Communication Plan was developed in late 2020 and endorsed by the steering group.
  • Finterest (ARRC) has been contracted to implement the communication and engagement activities in the plan.
  • A variety of media products will be used to increase the profile of the NFRS and Recovery Reaches. It is planned this will be ramped up shortly.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • An Interim Emergency Response Plan (ERP) was endorsed by the steering group.
  • To date there have been no applications for funding under this plan.
  • Development of the ERP has not been progressed at this point. As time permits a longer term Emergency Response Plan will be developed.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • Scoping discussions have started. Under the NFRS implementation plan, this action is scheduled to start in the next financial year.
  • Look to build on the recent assessments (IUCN red list).
  • Investigating options to address actions 4 and 5 concurrently.

Strategic Alignment

Approach, Activities and Status

  • Scoping discussions have started. Under the NFRS implementation plan, this action has been scheduled to start progress in the next financial year.
  • MDBA has acknowledged that interactions will need to be explored between this activity, the Basin Wide Environmental Watering Strategy review, and the 2020 Basin Plan Evaluation to look for efficiencies.
  • Look to convene a technical panel to work through options for Action 4 & 5.

Strategic Alignment

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Main image: The Murray cod is an iconic Australian native fish.
Photo credit: Guo Chai Lim/FlickrCC BY-NC-SA