Senior Fisheries biologist Andrew Berghuis at the site of the fishway at Lake Ellen.
Senior Fisheries biologist Andrew Berghuis at the site of the fishway at Lake Ellen. Mike Knott

Fish get leg-up on the way

WORK on a fishway designed to increase stocks of fish in the Burnett River has been completed.

The fishway has been built on Bundaberg Creek at Baldwin Swamp through a joint project between Bundaberg Regional Council, Ocean Watch and the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

Council natural resource management spokesman Danny Rowleson said the $104,000 fishway was important for environmental ecology as well as the local seafood industry.

It provides fish with access to vital brackish water and freshwater habitats for breeding and feeding.

"It has been recognised the Burnett River has been significantly compromised by multiple barrages and weirs that inhibit and disrupt fish passage through the catchment," Cr Rowleson said.

"The barrage on Bundaberg Creek in Baldwin Swamp has been identified as a significant barrier, which is why the council was keen to help build the fishway."

Health and environmental services portfolio spokeswoman Mary Wilkinson said the fishway had been created to resemble a creek and pond system as similar as possible to a natural stream environment.

"The project will greatly improve the habitats in which fish breed and ultimately increase the number of barramundi, mangrove jack and sea mullet in the region's fishing grounds," she said.

Cr Wilkinson said council's involvement in the environmental project involved in-kind assistance to the value of $15,000.



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