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23 October, 2020

Hope for fisheries and fish habitats in Flynn as LNP Government delivers $8Mil in restoration grants Australia-wide

THE Liberal National Government has committed $295,998 to protecting and enhancing high value fish habitats across the Central Queensland coast under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats

By Ali Goddard

 Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd said the project conducted by the Fitzroy Basin Authority is one of 28 projects across the country to share $8 Million of grant funding.

“The ‘Protecting and enhancing high value fish habitats across Central Queensland’s coast’ project will work to restore seagrass communities, considered to be critical fish habitat, that are declining due to habitat loss and degradation.

“The project will reduce threats to seagrass communities through removal of marine debris and assisting seagrass propagation in areas experiencing meadow loss.

“Works will be carried out in locations near Gladstone Harbour and North Keppel Island,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“These areas were identified as suitable priority for restoration through Central Queensland University’s hydrodynamic modelling process, by actively engaging and involving University researchers, local recreational fishing groups and communities.

“In this project we hope to increase our region’s awareness and stewardship for these essential, but often overlooked marine habitats, leading to more sustainable recreational use of marine areas throughout the Fitzroy region,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Jonno Duniam said these projects would benefit recreational fishers by improving the health and productivity of habitats that support fish stocks and fisheries.

“Australia’s waterways are some of the best in the world,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“It’s critical we keep our fisheries habitats healthy so we can continue to enjoy our world-class fishing into the future.

“This program will benefit Australia’s natural resource base and the broader community – especially our recreational fishers.

“We will be funding 28 projects across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

“This funding will see Regional Land Partnership providers and recreational fishing groups partner in rolling up their sleeves to directly improve fish habitats.

“Together, they will work on surrounding vegetation and biodiversity in marine and estuarine areas, from tropical mangrove wetlands in Queensland, to building shellfish reefs on Kangaroo Island and restoring fish habitats damaged by moorings in southern Tasmania,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

The Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program is a 2019 Government election commitment to provide $8 Million to restore the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.

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