By Molly Magennis
32 fish habitats have been installed along the Maribyrnong River between Avondale Heights and the Flemington Racecourse in an attempt to revive its original fish stock.
The habitats will create a new recreational fishery for suburban fishermen as well as improve river health while complementing the significant fish releases in the river.
The habitats will be home to some of the 200,000 estuarine already exposed in the Maribyrnong River since 2018, with a further 100,000 perch at the estuary to be released this summer.
This project has been funded by recreational fishing license fees, the state government’s $ 35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan and Melbourne Water.
The structures are made from recycled felled timber and concrete and were built with the help of inmates at the Hopkins Correctional Center, with hundreds of tons of stones donated by the Cherry Creek Youth Justice Center Project for use in the habitats.
Fisheries and Boat Minister Melissa Horne said the work done in the Maribyrnong River shows how releasing fish and improving their habits can help our own waterways and “create brilliant opportunities for families to spend time together by the water.”
“This project is a great example of the results we can achieve through collaboration between fishermen, communities, government and a range of agencies.”
Water Secretary Lisa Neville said this project was not only a “big gain” for the river’s residents, but also the local community.