Water

Help for habitat

By Country News

The Victorian Government has announced four new fish habitat projects worth more than $267000 to make fishing even better across Victorian rivers.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced the new projects on Thursday in Seymour, downstream from where Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has installed nearly 300 snags in the Goulburn River for native fish such as Murray cod.

The Goulburn Broken CMA will manage two of these new projects, worth $69000.

The first will install snags in the lower Goulburn River at three sites near its confluence with the Murray River.

The second will place boulders and snags into the water to create more diverse fish habitats on the Rubicon River.

Another new fish habitat project is on the Mitta Mitta River where North East CMA will deliver $88000 worth of fish habitat works between Lake Hume and Eskdale.

North East CMA has installed more than 200 log structures into the river during recent years and scientific monitoring has confirmed they were rapidly utilised by native fish.

The iconic Snowy River will benefit too, thanks to a $110000 project to be undertaken by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.