VicRoads trees to be used for fish habitat

The exciting partnership will reuse trees cleared during road construction as new habitat for native species in our rivers.

A LANDMARK agreement between government agencies will see trees in VicRoads operations re-used to create vital in-stream fish habitat across Victoria.

Chairman of VRFish, Mr Rob Loats, said “We are ecstatic to see that our proposal to scale-up and take a state-wide approach in repairing and enhancing our fish habitat has been embraced by Government.”

The agreement, signed with Minister Jaala Pulford today, will enable more fish habitat to be installed at less cost, while creating immediate environmental offsets from road infrastructure projects.

Last year, VRFish wrote to the Victorian Government seeking support to work in collaboration with VicRoads and recreational fishers to repair fish habitat and boost fishing opportunities.

“Much of the cost in restoring our large woody fish habitat is locating and buying the wood and then arranging transport to the site,” he said.

In-stream habitat provides necessary shelter, food and breeding locations for fish and other aquatic animals. Many Victorian waterways have suffered from extensive removal of habitat and vegetation from the 1800’s until the late 1990’s.

“Put simply, habitat makes fishing happen,” he said.

“We commend VicRoads, the Arthur Rylah Institute, the Victorian Fisheries Authority, Catchment Management Authorities and Melbourne Water for coming together to establish this innovative partnership to make our river and fishing better,” he said.

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