What Friends of the Mongarlowe River is doing now
FMR has finished its Threatened Species Network Community Grants program project to protect the Macquarie Perch in the Mongarlowe River. This enabled FMR to study the Macquarie Perch and its habitat in the Mongarlowe River, and informing the community of the findings. Native fish expert Mark Lintermans provided his expertise in habitat identification and population sampling, assisted by FMR volunteers and produce excellent reports on findings. FMR received third prize in the NSW Landcare Awards for this project.
Most of the habitat assessment and population assessment activities for the Macquarie Perch project were completed in January-April 2007. Further population assessments will be ongoing, again through Fyke Netting, and also snorkel drifting.
FMR has taken over the regular sampling of water quality in the Mongarlowe River and its tributaries. We maintain an active interest in developments on the river, including bridgeworks, and a new fish-friendly passage being established at Burke's Crossing.
FMR aims to continue working closely with local fishers, who have been some of the most active and valuable partners in the Macquarie Perch project. In addition, FMR will assist landholders to establish Voluntary Conservation Agreements on riparian land.
Macquarie Perch Project partners included
Mongarlowe Bushfire Brigade www.bushfire.nsw.gov.au
Braidwood fishing club
The Sydney Catchment Authority http://www.sca.nsw.gov.au/
Updates are being posted on this website.