Tree planting restores fish habitat along Nicholson River

The new vegetation will help black bream thrive.

A BAND of dedicated recreational fishers and their families planted more than 1,500 trees and shrubs along the Nicholson River in Victoria to help restore fish habitat.

OzFish East Gippsland Chapter president Peter Stephens said it was a resounding success.

“The day was about restoring vegetation along a stretch of the river that helps the fish – particularly black bream that need good cover to thrive,” Stephens said.

“The project has been five months in the planning with seedlings propagated from local shrubs to ensure they will be best suited to the local area.” he said.

“The health of the river and fish population will benefit as a result of the hard work.

Shimano funded the work which was managed and organised by OzFish Unlimited to ensure native fish not only survive but thrive in the river.

Black bream are popular with recreational fishers and complete their whole lifecycle within a river.

“They can cope with salinity and temperature changes that would kill many other species. However, they are still ultimately reliant on healthy rivers for survival,” Stephens said.

“We are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of our works for years to come.” he said.

The project is one of 50 underway across Australia by OzFish Unlimited, a national not-for-profit charity empowering and supporting recreational anglers to make their local fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive.

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