Restored habitat to save endangered native fish in Upper Murrumbidgee

Bush Heritage Australia has collaborated with community groups and 27 other landholders to revegetate a bush corridor at Scottsdale Reserve in NSW and on neighbouring farms in an initiative that is vital to the future of native fish in the Upper Murrumbidgee.

This 6km bush corridor restoration, known as the Rivers of Carbon Upper Murrumbidgee River Rehabilitation project, is connecting high quality river habitat between the Bredbo and Colinton gorges, to establish a 40km long corridor.

“Native fish were losing the battle for habitat against a number of threats including feral carp throughout the Upper Murrumbidgee and broader Murray Darling Basin, and habitat restoration is the foundation for protecting native fish populations,” Phil Palmer, Bush Heritage’s Healthy Landscape & Scottsdale Reserve manager said.

The Upper Murrumbidgee River is critical habitat for several nationally listed threatened species, including Macquarie Perch, Trout Cod, Murray Cod, and smaller native fish such as Mountain Galaxias and Australian Smelt.

“This project shows what you can achieve for river health and endangered native fish if you bring community and organisations together; this work is an important part of our vision to restore an entire ecosystem at Scottsdale Reserve with the help of neighbours, volunteers and partners such as UMDR and the Rivers of Carbon program,” Palmer said.