2015 Edward-Wakool Fish Forum
14 August 2015
Murray crayfish numbers in the Edward River and current carp control options, will be just two topics discussed at the annual Edward-Wakool Fish Forum, to be held 2 September at the Wakool Football Ground.
This popular event is not just a chance for the local community, landholders and recreational fishers to come together and swap fishing stories, but to hear about what the local people are doing with citizen science to monitor crayfish, and to hear from fish specialists from NSW DPI Fisheries and Murray LLS about the work being done on re-stocking evaluations, fish population assessments, and community projects being undertaken with local government and the scientists.
The forum is a collaboration of the Edward Wakool Angling Association, Murray LLS, NSW DPI Fisheries, Charles Sturt University, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and the Office of Environment and Heritage who have pooled their expertise, with funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Programme, to undertake long term work on the Edward-Wakool system, that is now giving rigorous scientific data about the state of fish in the system.
The evening kicks off with dinner at 6pm and the chance to mingle with friends and the scientists, and look at the displays about the projects being undertaken in the Edward-Wakool system. This will be followed by four presentations by the guest speakers, Martin Asmus from DPI fisheries about crayfish, Jason Thiem, another Fisheries specialist on tracking fish movements in the Edward-Wakool, Ian Fisher from the Edward-Wakool Angling Association, talking about the role the locals have been taking in projects, and finishing with a talk by Anthony Conallin from Murray LLS about the next steps in carp management in the Central Murray region.
One of the organisers, Josh Campbell, from Murray LLS says it's a relaxed and interesting night when people can share their knowledge about the state of the river and the size and diversity of fish being found in the system.
"We encourage everyone with an interest in the Edward-Wakool rivers to come along and get involved, ask questions and talk with us", he said.
There is no charge for the evening, but registration for catering is recommended by ringing:
Josh Campbell, Murray LLS
Phone: 03 5880 1459
Anthony Conallin is available for interview,
Phone: 02 6051 2217