Mackay fishery to get boost with new OzFish Chapter ready for work

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FISH habitat restoration is to be boosted in Central Queensland with OzFish Unlimited announcing the establishment of its newest chapter in Mackay.

The newly established Mackay Chapter of the national not-for-profit will lead a beach clean-up for Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 7 March at Far Beach at 9am as its first project

“Keeping our beaches and inland rivers and estuaries litter free is not just the responsibility of fishers and boaters, it’s a wider community issue,” Mackay Chapter President Matt Moore said.

“We’re asking local recreational fishers and the community to roll up their sleeves, give us an hour of their weekend and help clean-up our beloved Far Beach.”

OzFish is a member-based organisation empowering recreational fishers across Australia to take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries to protect the future of the pastime they love.

Erosion, drainage of floodplains and wetlands, the construction of dams and weirs which restrict fish passage, the removal of riparian vegetation, loss of shellfish reefs and seagrass meadows and the introduction of noxious weeds have contributed to fish habitat loss across the state.

The Chapter will host a local meeting on Thursday 4 March 6pm at the Austral Hotel in Mackay. New members are invited to attend to learn about OzFish and the projects the group hope to get underway.

To find out more about how you can become an OzFish member and get involved with the Mackay Chapter go to ozfish.org.au or call 1800 301 438.

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