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The Native Fish Recovery Strategy

From the Murray Cod to the Golden Perch, fish are an important part of Australia’s rivers. There are over 50 species of fish in the Murray–Darling Basin. They rely on good water quality and the plants and animals in and around the river for their survival.

The importance of native fish in the Basin

For Basin communities from Queensland to South Australia fishing is a major economic driver, with around 10,000 people employed in the sector. For First Nations peoples, native fish provide an important cultural connection to Country.

Water managers know that native fish are one part of a larger living, connected system and work needs to be done to protect these species. That’s why the Australian Government, working with Basin state governments, has committed $5 million to developing and implementing a Native Fish Recovery Strategy.

Supporting native fish in the Basin

The Native Fish Recovery Strategy focuses on replenishing the native fish populations in the Basin. The Strategy will build upon the strong foundation of the first Native Fish Strategy 2003. It will supplement and build on existing native fish programs across the Basin for a coordinated approach to fish recovery. It will be developed and implemented collaboratively with the Basin state governments, First Nations and the wider community.

The Strategy is a major program involving governments, communities and industries across the Basin, and is a first step in an adaptive, evolving process. Ongoing engagement will be a core element of the Strategy, from development through to implementation. Basin governments aim to build enduring partnerships with communities to design and implement on-ground actions for native fish.

Draft Strategy available for public consultation

Basin governments are currently seeking input on the draft Strategy. Have your say to shape the outcomes, actions and priorities for the recovery of native fish in the Basin.

Have your say

Online submissions are open from 10 March 2020 until midnight AEST on 6 April 2020. View the draft strategy which is available at:  

Updated: 11 Mar 2020