Some fantastic new data is emerging about how well-travelled some of our native fish populations are.
Data was gathered by researchers from the Arthur Rylah Institute using new monitoring technology. It shows native fish populations near Mildura are travelling huge distances to feed and spawn, successfully navigating new environmental installations on the way.
The monitoring equipment was placed on new regulators that were installed on the Mullaroo Creek and the Upper Lindsay River under the Living Murray project late last year. The regulators improve delivery of environmental water to the creeks and the radio telemetry monitoring technology allows researchers to record fish navigating the structures to move up and down stream.
The project tagged 135 fish, including Murray cod, golden perch and freshwater catfish and showed increased movement of native fish into the creeks over spring and early summer for breeding.
One golden perch was tracked travelling from Mullaroo Creek to Lock 11 near Mildura – a distance of more than 180 river kilometres.
The Living Murray is a joint initiative funded by the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, Australian Capital Territory and Commonwealth Governments, coordinated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
The research data was presented by Arthur Rylah Institute researcher Jarod Lyon at the inaugural Fishing for the Future forum sponsored by Mallee CMA at Mildura’s Riverside Golf Club Catch a Carp day last month. Pictured: Jarod Lyon at work on the Murray River
Check out our Hopetoun and Birchip Drought Employment Programs
There are some fantastic outcomes flowing from the Mallee CMA’s Drought Employment Programs in the Southern Mallee. The program is creating meaningful, flexible work opportunities for anyone affected by drought and the Birchip, Hopetoun and Woomelang crews are doing some great work on local community projects. Videos featuring the Birchip and Hopetoun programs are on our Facebook page now or you can find them on our YouTube channel:
Watch the Hopetoun video here and the Birchip video here.
And keep an eye out in the next few weeks for our next video, featuring the work of our fantastic Woomelang team, Maree Barbary and Leonie Boxall.
Mallee Farmer Magazine coming up!
The second edition of our twice-yearly magazine The Mallee Farmer will be out in August.
The spring edition is launched at the Mallee Field Days at Speed each year and is packed with farm-based research and data, natural resource and farm management information and stories about Mallee people and projects.
If you have articles or stories you would like to see included in this issue, please get in touch with Lauren Murphy at Mallee CMA.
If you would prefer a hard copy, contact Mallee CMA to have the newsletter sent.
Thanks to our fabulous volunteers
Mallee CMA volunteers generously give their time and expertise to help look after our environment through water quality testing, photo point monitoring, bird watching and many other activities.
Getting out into the natural environment, learning more about local plants and animals and playing a part in a healthier future are just some of the benefits.
But the Mallee CMA region spans 3.9-million-hectares and without an enthusiastic network of volunteers we could not maintain important environmental monitoring programs across such a vast area.
Since 1997 Mallee CMA has had 4,241 reports from 277 registered sites. We currently have 24 active volunteers, with four new volunteers so far this year.
We just want to say thank you to all our dedicated volunteers and to invite anyone interested in science and nature to join our Citizen Science program. If you are interested, you can contact us on 5051 4377.
Pictured are just a few of our volunteers: (L-R) Marion and Geoff Humphries, Mocca Williams and Pauline Bartels.
Werrimull Year 9 to 11 students from left to right) Doug Whittle (teacher crouching), Mitch Roads, Zac Symes, Ray Henschke, Sam Fox, Morgan Ruchel, Margaret Hall (Teacher), Teagan Lynch, Djanaya Ball. Students are in years 9 to 11.
Learning in the outdoor classroom
Students from schools around the Mallee are immersing themselves in learning about Mallee wetlands. Students from years 8-11 are involved in the “Wetland Learning” program, developed specifically for Mallee students. It involves introductory classroom sessions on how wetlands work and are managed in the Mallee, as well as an overview of a local wetland. A later field excursion session to the wetland allows students to get a more hands-on appraoch to learning about the local environment. The program helps students understand how our local wetlands operate naturally, as well as how our actions as a community affect them, both positively and negatively. Seven schools across the Mallee are taking part in the Wetland Learning Program over the next six months. About 350 students will visit a range of wetlands, including Hattah Lakes, King’s Billabong, Wallpolla Island and Nyah-Vinifera. Teachers interested in becoming involved can contact Susan Saris at Mallee CMA.
Tyrrell College students Sophie Martin, Reagan Kelly, Amy Collins, Shauna Cox, Keniesha Ryan, Teale Mott, Zeta Kelly, Chloe Wright and Charlotte Williams.
Mallee CMA supporting 'Make the Lake' Day
Mallee CMA is proud to be supporting Cabarita Inc’s Make the Lake Day on June 11. "Make the Lake" is an artists’ impression opportunity that will help us tell the story of Lake Hawthorn while educating the community about the birdlife, native vegetation and historical significance of this special place in the township of Cabarita. Schools, art students, and the wider community are invited to come along, display their works, sell their works (commission for sales applicable), or enjoy a fun active day on the foreshore of Lake Hawthorn. It’s at the Old Sailing Club (now Northern Mallee Christian Fellowship). Enquiries and registrations can be made via www.cabaritainc.com