Former cricketer and keen fisherman Merv Hughes joined the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) and community to celebrate World Fish Migration Day in late April. This day is celebrated globally to highlight the importance of fish being able to move freely up and down rivers.

The event highlighted the Victorian Government’s $222 million investment, delivered in partnership with Catchment Management Authorities, to improve the health of our waterways and catchments, including restoring fish habitats. These activities are an excellent example of the State Government working to achieve Action 3.4 from Water for Victoria: Provide long-term investment to improve waterway health.

And the fish are swimming upstream:

  • In the Glenelg River, over four hours west of Melbourne, estuary perch have been located 270km upstream.
  • In Mt William Creek, in the Wimmera River region, recent monitoring discovered Blackfish in upstream areas where previously Blackfish had not been found.
  • In northern Victoria, we have also recorded silver perch for the first time in more than a decade swimming freely in the Campaspe River.

Merv Hughes chatting with community members

Merv Hughes joins North Central CMA in Koondrook on World Fish Migration Day.

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