30 April 2015
FeralFishScan is set to become a new tool for communities in the Ovens River and North East Catchment Management Authority (Victoria) for mapping pest fish.
The Victorian Government and Wangaratta Sustainability Network hosted a community event on 24 April inviting the public to help release 50 threatened Macquarie Perch into the Ovens River, at Tarrawingee Reserve near Wangaratta.
Peter West (IA CRC) demonstrated the FeralFishScan mapping resource (available at www.feralfishscan.org.au), as a new tool for communities to record the presence and behaviour of pest fish species in local waterways. FeralFishScan can be used to map hotspot areas for pest fish like Carp, Redfin Perch and Mosquito Fish, and data entered can help with future pest fish control activities, which will benefit native fish like Macquarie Perch.
Over 60 people attended the event, including school groups, catchment management staff, and local community champions such as Di Farmer from the Wangaratta Sustainability Network– Restoring Our Waterways (WSN). Di, who has been heavily involved in the removal of Carp from waterways, said “FeralFishScan is going to be a fantastic tool for local members of the community to assist with our Carp Removal Programs that have been taking place over the past four years. It will assist us in knowing what areas to target next Summer and in the future, and will help to ensure our three year management plan is highly successful”.