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Fish take Flight

Fish take Flight

Macquarie Perch fish will be taking a helicopter ride to save their species.

Victoria's North East's Macquarie perch populations will benefit from a Federal Government grant from Landcare after bush fires and other disturbances have pushed the species close to extinction.

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The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) will receive over 180 thousand dollars towards works at the Snobs Creek hatchery and cleanup around their habitats.

“A short helicopter trip rather than a five-hour truck journey will now be used for transport of broodfish from where they’re collected direct to the hatchery, significantly reducing transport time and stress, and hopefully improve spawning success," said VFA CEO Travis Dowling.

The staff will focus on feeding more live food to help making better quality eggs.

The community with also be coming together to help clean up the habitat.

“Community planting weekends along riverbanks are planned with recreational fishers, local Landcare groups, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and the public,” Mr Dowling said.

The VFA has a range of partners involved in the recovery plan for Macquarie perch including the Women in Recreational Fishing Network, Corryong Angling Club, VRFish, Futurefish Foundation, Ovens Landcare Network, Upper Murray Landcare Network, North East Catchment Management Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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