Riverina set to host fish seminar

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AUSTRALIA’S fastest growing fishing conservation movement is bringing its “Thinking Fish” seminar to Wagga this Thursday, March 12.

Leading names in fisheries research and river management will be sharing their insights on how native fish can begin to recover and rebuild following ongoing drought, bushfire and flood – while highlighting the issues facing fish in the Murray-Darling Basin.

People are encouraged to attend the event at Charles Sturt University’s Convention Centre from 6pm to 8pm and is open to all ages.

OzFish Unlimited’s CEO and founder Craig Copeland is urging recreational fishers and those interested in fishing habitat from across the Riverina to attend.

“It’s been a disastrous start to the year for fish and we know recreational fishers want to get informed and involved to help improve their local fishing grounds,” Copeland said.

“That’s where OzFish can help mobilise our recreational fishing community by talking about issues important to fish and how local communities can help protect and enhance fish populations in their backyard.”

The first of the series of talks in Dubbo on February 25 was sold out with close to a 100 people attending.

The free talks aim to empower fishers with tools and information to discover more about their local fishing spots, which gives them the knowledge to understand their fish and help them protect and restore the habitat.

The speaker line-up and topics are:

  • Assoc Prof Lee Baumgartner – A journey through the ‘Bidgee’
  • Dr Craig Boys – Screen for Streams
  • Matt Hansen – Making a Fishy Difference
  • Luke Pearce – Fish in the Murrumbidgee: Before, Now and the Future
  • Stuart Little – Why fish matter to a water bureaucrat

“Those that attended Dubbo said they wished they had of been involved in these types of talks years ago so we are really positive about what the Wagga community will get from the evening,” Copeland said.

“I really urge people to attend and participate in the discussion.”

The talks are supported by the Murry Darling Basin Authority and Charles Sturt University.

Seats are limited, to avoid disappointment register online:

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