After 10 years of flows aimed at creating the right conditions for native fish to survive and thrive, the North Central Catchment Management Authority is seeing results.
Silver perch have been recorded for the first time in the lower Campaspe River in more than a decade and they have also been recorded in strong numbers in the Loddon River.
On top of this, Murray cod are breeding for the first time in the Campaspe, golden perch are entering from the Murray River and golden perch and silver perch are also responding well to Loddon flows, and are reaching fertile breeding grounds as a result.
‘‘We can’t be happier with the results we are seeing, in both the Campaspe and Loddon,’’ North Central CMA environmental flows project manager Darren White said.
‘‘The Arthur Rylah Institute, the monitoring arm of DELWP, has been busy monitoring the impact our flows have had on fish populations.
‘‘Environmental flows in the Campaspe, Loddon, Goulburn and Broken rivers have been subject to long-term monitoring since 2007 as part of the Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP).
‘‘The results are speaking for themselves, especially in terms of critically endangered fish such as silver perch and vulnerable species such as the rainbowfish.’’
The North Central CMA is holding a free public forum at Rochester in December to speak with locals about the flows program, and listen to what they have to say about their local fishery.
■The Getting Hooked on Flows forum will be held at the Rochester Football Netball Club social rooms in Reserve St, Rochester on December 14 from 6pm to 9pm.
To register for the forum, phone 5448 7124, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bit.ly/rochyflow