Macquarie perch in the Yarra River

Protecting and enhancing our iconic local native fish species

Native Fish Australia (Victoria) has been actively advocating for the ecological health of the Yarra River for many years. 

The organisation particularly seeks improved management of the Macquarie perch population within the Yarra River to protect and enhance the populations of this iconic native fish species.

Future work is proposed to include the provision of information signage at river access points along the Yarra River and other mechanisms for community education around the importance and significance of this endangered species. 

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native animals
Other Themes:Waterways, Communities
Primary Local Area:Yarra Ranges & Nillumbik
Other Local Areas:Urban Melbourne
Project location:Along the Yarra River and its tributaries
Scale of the project:One place
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Native Fish Australia (Victoria)
Key partners:Melbourne Water, Victorian Fisheries Authority
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation: $$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:1-2 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Native Animals – Wild populations of all threatened native animal species in the region are retained and their populations are self-sustainable, secure, healthy and resilient
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:

More information

Native Fish Australia (Victoria) or via email at