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Published: 29 October 2010   •   Media release

River communities across the Murray-Darling Basin are invited to participate in Native Fish Awareness Week from 12-21 November 2010.

Native Fish Awareness Week is an opportunity for communities to learn about rehabilitation efforts for native fish within the Basin. During the week, participants will have opportunities to learn about fish, including habitat needs, friends and foes, breeding and how native fish travel through our river systems.

Native fish populations across the Basin have declined by 90% since European settlement. Threats to native fish include changes to water management, alien fish species, barriers to fish movement and overfishing.

Community members and staff from natural resource agencies across the Basin will be working with schools and local communities to share information about native fish.

Activities will be held in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia.

The Native Fish Strategy guides management, protection and rehabilitation of native fish and their habitats within the Murray-Darling Basin for the next 50 years.

Visit the MDBA website to contact the local state or territory Native Fish Strategy Coordinator for detailed information about activities in your local area.

For more information contact the MDBA Media office on (02) 6279 0141 or email media@mdba.gov.au

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