Fisheries working with NSW fishos on Murray Darling flow issues

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EXPERIENCED fishers in the Murray Darling Basin are helping the government find ways to better communicate the role of environmental flows and how it impacts on their fishing. 

The measures include an interactive map that will show where and when environmental water is planned for release, information on the monitoring and research for each catchment, along with direct emails to interested fishers about pending environmental water events.

The move comes after fishers identified environmental water and its impact on fish, carp populations, poor water quality and the environment in general as one of their biggest concerns in a recent survey conducted by DPI Fisheries.

The survey of recreational fishers in the Murray Darling Basin also looked at where people fish the most, why they go fishing and how much they know about the benefits to fish from planned water releases.

As part of an Environmental Water Engagement Strategy, DPI Fisheries is now working closely with an advisory committee, made up of recreational fishers from across the basin, who will offer ideas on how to increase engagement with the fishing community and water management agencies. This includes NSW and Commonwealth Environmental Water Holders.

You can read the full report on the NSW DPI website.

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