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“G’day! I’m Marlene, the Murray Cod.

Welcome to Finterest, your home for stories about our
Australian Freshwater Native Fish!”

Native Fish Forum 2024, 25-28 March at Mercure Belconnen, Canberra ACT. Reflect, Share, Collaborate.

Join us 25-27 March at the 2024 Native Fish Forum in Belconnen, Canberra. This year’s focus is on how we engage in the massive task of native fish recovery together with the theme being “reflect, share and collaborate”.
Learn more and register today

“G’day! I’m Marlene, the Murray Cod.

Welcome to Finterest, your home for stories about our Australian Freshwater Native Fish!”

Join us 25-27 March at the 2024 Native Fish Forum in Belconnen, Canberra. This year’s focus is on how we engage in the massive task of native fish recovery together with the theme being “reflect, share and collaborate”.
Learn more and register today

Carp gudgeons are a mysterious species typically found in slow-flowing or still waters that frequently baffle fish enthusiasts and scientists alike. A small and laterally compressed species, the carp gudgeons have caused great confusion over their identification across southeastern Australia. Intially, only one species of carp gudgeon was formally described in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB)

New fish website

Mark Linterman’s fully revised edition of the popular book Fishes of the Murray–Darling Basin is now available online. Explore detailed species accounts including detailed maps of their known locations.

P.S. This is where to buy the book – available now!

Successful catch and release of the mighty Murray cod

Check out these angling tips for ensuring survival and longevity for this iconic freshwater fish species.

By Andy McGovern, Pro-Angler

Native Fish Recovery Strategy:

Native fish are an important part of Australia’s rivers, and for First Nations peoples, provide a vital cultural connection. For Basin communities from Queensland to South Australia, fishing is a major economic driver, with around 10,000 people employed in the sector. Nonetheless, native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin are suffering significant declines. The 2018-19 fish death events in the Lower Darling served as a visible warning of the significant pressure currently experienced by native fish. We need a coordinated approach to recover our native fish for future generations.
UPDATE: See the 2023 Native Fish Forum video highlights

Native Fish Demonstration Reach Guide:

Demonstration reaches provide an effective model for river rehabilitation and community engagement, and valuable insights have been gained as part of the Native Fish Strategy into what is needed for successful creation and implementation of demonstration reaches, the challenges that exist and how best to address these. While each site and community is different, there are commonalities. This guide is intended as a resource to guide anyone from community groups, natural resource management groups or catchment management authorities, through to government agencies.

True Tales of the Trout Cod:

LATEST PAGES: Aboriginal Management | Wimmera & Avoca River Catchments History

Resources to provide a greater understanding of our rivers and native fish of the Murray-Darling Basin in the past, and help inform future efforts for restoration.

Take a journey with Will Trueman and explore videos, booklets and histories that provide a greater understanding of our rivers and fish in the past. This knowledge can be used to inform our current and futures efforts to protect and restore the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin.