THIS YEAR'S Native Fish Awareness Week theme "Habitat makes fish happen!" is a strategy aimed at reaching around half a million recreational fishing buffs in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin.

Native Fish Awareness Week runs from Saturday November 5 to 12 across the Murray-Darling Basin to highlight the plight of the Basin's native fish and promote activities in which everyone can be involved, including planting trees, removing weeds and putting logs back into waterways.

Native fish species in the Basin have suffered serious declines in both distribution and abundance since European settlement mainly due to the loss of habitat. The goal of the Native Fish Strategy is to rehabilitate native fish numbers back to 60 per cent of their estimated pre-European settlement levels.

Fishers and communities of the Basin are being encouraged to learn more about how they can help bring back native fish by visiting the new native fish week website and getting involved.

The week will celebrate efforts by communities and recreational fishers that contribute to improving populations and habitats of native fish across the Murray-Darling Basin.
The launch of Native Fish Awareness Week takes place on Sunday November 6 at Coorong and the Lower Lakes in South Australia. An intensive line-up of community engagement activities will continue across the Basin throughout the week.

Details of community focused activities in cities, towns and riverbanks across the Murray-Darling Basin will be available online and from State-based Native Fish Strategy staff and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

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