Sustainable Recreational Fishing in the Mary Catchment
The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee has developed a program aimed at improving school students knowledge of sustainable recreational fishing practices in freshwater creeks and impoundments in the Mary River Catchment. The Program focuses on a range of factors which have the potential to affect waterways and biodiversity through fishing practices including:
• Use of environmentally friendly fishing tackle eg barbless hooks
• Principles and correct techniques for catch and release
• Identification of aquatic species
• Size and catch limits
• Appropriate disposal of refuse associated with recreational fishing eg bait bags etc
• Endangered aquatic species including the Mary River Cod
• Catchment health, water quality and aquatic biodiversity including identification of aquatic weeds and pest species
Kids from 8 years of age can take part in "Take a Kid Fishing" at the Noosa Festival of Water on the shores of Lake Macdonald at the Botanical Gardens, Cooroy on Sunday 4 June from 10am to 4pm. Instructors, Mark Cridland and Stacey Brown from the Barambah Environmental Education Centre, together with Dave Whelan, fishing journalist for Bush & Beach Fishing Magazine, will teach children the importance of sustainable fishing. It is anticipated that two, 2 hour sessions will be held on the day with groups of 20 kids rotating through various activities.
Hand-out material will be provided to every participant, including information on sustainable fishing. Fishing gear will be provided so byo gear is not essential.
Live music, free boat tours to fish hatchery and water treatment plant, displays on alternative water treatment and storage, scull racing, guest speakers and guided bird walks will also feature at this year's Festival. Refreshments available. Entry FREE.
To register your child for a session, or for more information, Ring Ruth on 5482 4766 at the Mary River Catchment Resource Centre.
Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group
c/o PO Box 1027, Gympie 4570
Phone: 07 5482 4766
The Lake Macdonald Catchment Care Group gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations: the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Noosa Shire Council, Veolia Water, Australian Water Services, the Noosa & District Landcare Group, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Tradelink Environmental Solutions, Action Tanks, Suttons Cleaning Services, Clearmake, Action Tanks, Cooroy Mountain Springwater and Noosa Community Radio.
Botanical Gardens, Cooroy, Not Assigned
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