Fish habitat in the Maribyrnong River

A healthier river and homes for Maribyrnong fish populations

The Maribyrnong River flows through Melbourne’s western suburbs into Port Phillip Bay. Once a thriving fishing river, over the past 200 years the waterway has had many pressures on its health and habitats. Historical dredging and de-snagging, along with industrial waste have severely impacted the health of the river, and subsequent fish populations. Only 10% of native vegetation in the Maribyrnong catchment remains.

Supporting current efforts in the waterway, OzFish will help restore fish habitat in the Maribyrnong, creating homes for local fish populations and healthier waterways. Weed removal, erosion control, and replanting of the riparian zone will help contribute to the goal of 33,000 ha of revegetation. Furthermore, soils will be stabilised, reducing runoff and increasing these waterways resilience to flooding events.

Working with partners to restore instream habitat, snags, and woody debris, OzFish aims to improve local native fish populations.

Through education and on-ground activities, this project will help to increase stewardship and understanding of the importance of healthy river systems in the metropolitan Melbourne areas, with community involvement playing a key role in the restoration efforts.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Waterways
Other Themes:Native vegetation, Native animals, Estuaries, Communities
Primary Local Area:Urban Melbourne
Other Local Areas:Port Phillip Bay
Project location:Maribyrnong River
Scale of the project:One place
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:OzFish Unlimited
Key partners:Melbourne Water, Victorian Fisheries Authority, government authorities, local landcare and friends of groups, local fishing clubs, user stakeholder groups
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$ (Thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Fish in waterways – Increase the average score for fish in waterways in the Maribyrnong catchment to MODERATE
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Protect or assist one or more critically endangered or endangered species/community of native vegetation or native animal
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

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