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Learn More About Native Fish Management

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA - Recreational fishers, landholders and the wider community have the opportunity to learn more about native fish management at a forum to be held on Wednesday 9 November at Deniliquin.

The forum is part of 'Native Fish Awareness Week' and will highlight the 2010-11 Edward-Wakool native fish monitoring results.

It is being held by the Murray Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).

Native Fish Awareness Week is an initiative of the Murray-Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to rehabilitate native fish communities in the Basin back to 60 per cent of their estimated pre-European-settlement levels, after 50 years of implementation.

NSW DPI Conservation Manager, Charlie Carruthers, said the forum would update the community on the latest research information collected during the past twelve months in the Edward-Wakool system and encourage discussion with a panel of experts.

People are vitally interested in fishing - the nation's most popular pastime. And it is imperative that we all work together to ensure that our native fish populations prosper in an ever changing and challenging environment, he said.

Key speakers include Dr John Conallin (Murray CMA) who will talk about 'Adaptive management, environmental flows, hypoxic blackwater and community involvement'.

Ian Wooden from NSW DPI Narrandera Fisheries Centre will speak on 'Native Fish and their response to flows during flooding', while Anthony Conallin (Murray CMA) will take a look at carp in his talk 'Carp are back, management strategies for their control'.

The free forum is being held at the Deniliquin RSL (Mt Batten Room) and starts at 6.30 pm with a meet up and pre drinks. It concludes at 8.30 pm with a panel discussion.

Please RSVP to John Conallin, Murray CMA Deniliquin Office, on (03) 5880 1413 or 0400 301 217 or john.conallin@cma.nsw.gov.au

the Fish Site Editor

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