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Take a catch with Merv

23 Mar 2018

There aren’t too many things Aussies love more than fishing and cricket, so the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has combined the two.

And no, we’re not talking about getting caught hooking or fishing outside off stump.

To celebrate World Fish Migration Day on 21 April, Australian cricket superstar Merv Hughes is visiting Koondrook for a free community family day and fish celebration.

It will all kick off at the Koondrook Apex Park at 9am with a fishing competition hosted by the Barham Angling Club.

The fun will continue from noon to 4.30pm with sausage sizzles, colouring competitions, Waterwatch activities and native fish displays.

And, of course, everyone will get to meet Merv and hear about his latest fishing adventures.

“Fish migration is an important issue in our region, and across the world,” North Central CMA Project Manager Nicole Bullen said.

“Most fish move to other parts of rivers to feed and breed, and regulation has resulted in large structures being put in their way.

“World Fish Migration Day promotes the importance of structures such fishways in weirs, and how they can make a big difference to native fish numbers.”

Nearby Koondrook regulator is one local structure the North Central CMA is hoping to gain funding to build a fishway on.

“Our Native Fish Recovery Program is all about increasing the numbers and health of native fish in our northern waterways,” Ms Bullen said.

“Connectivity is a key part in that, alongside water for the environment, revegetation and fencing off of creeks and rivers.

“Fish ecologist Ivor Stuart will be on hand on the day to speak about why all this important, whether you are an angler or not.”

Register by 14 April here or by calling 03 5448 7124.

The event is funded through the Victorian Water Investment Framework and is part of the Victorian Government’s $222 million investment to improve catchment and waterway health across regional Victoria.