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

Join us at the 2024 Native Fish Forum

Reflect. Share. Collaborate.

25-27 March 2024
Mercure Belconnen, Canberra ACT (map)

Page updated: 20 February 2024

Join us in Canberra (Belconnen) for the 2024 Native Fish Forum which brings together people committed to recovering our native fish populations.

Learn about the latest in native fish restoration efforts across the Murray–Darling Basin and how water management, fisheries management, threatened species management and restoration efforts can combine to recover native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The forum is also an opportunity for people connected to fish recovery – community members, recreational fishers, researchers, and those working in fish recovery – to share their knowledge of native fish restoration efforts and learn from others across 3 days together.

What’s happening?

The agenda includes:

  • Presentations from Brenton Zampatti, Alex Lewis, Jack Buckskin, Tyson Powell, Mariah Millington and Jarod Lyon.
  • Interactive workshops facilitated by Peter Rose, Luke Pearce, Katherine Cheshire, Sam Davis, Jarod Lyon, Alex Lewis and more to be announced.
  • A visit to the Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach on the upper Murrumbidgee River to hear from local partners including Andy McGovern and ACT Fisheries, led by Reach Coordinator Antia Brademann.

View the full agenda

Pricing

  • Regular tickets are $300 per person
  • Early-bird tickets are $260 per person – register by midnight Friday 23 February

Accommodation

ASN Events have secured market leading rates at the 4- star Mercure Belconnen across the forum dates. Please book your accommodation during registration so that you don’t miss out on the rates available.

Standard Queen Room at $168.00 per night includes complimentary breakfast for 1 guest and wifi.

Address:
Mercure Belconnen
59 Cameron Ave
Belconnen ACT 2617

Sponsorship

The Forum Sponsorship Prospectus outlines a range of ways in which you can support this event and be recognised as an active supporter of native fish restoration. For further details please contact:

Jonathan Wilczek
Senior Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager, ASN Events
P:03 8658 9530 | D: 03 8692 2035 | M: 0410 606 768
E: jonathan.w@asnevents.net.au

Contacts

For further information please contact:

Enquiries related to registration:
Lucy Hurst – ASN Events
E: lucy.h@asnevents.net.au
T: 03 8658 9530

Other enquiries:
Matt Morrison – ARRC (& Finterest)
E: matt.morrison@arrc.com.au
T: 0414 313 564

Agenda

DAY 1: Monday 25 March
10:00amREGISTRATIONS OPEN
– Tea and Coffee available
11:00amWelcome to Country
– TBA
Welcome to Forum
– MC Siwan Lovett, Australian River Restoration Centre
Opening Address
– Andrew McConville, Murray–Darling Basin Authority
11:30amPLENARY
Fish without borders: Collaborative science and conservation of wide-ranging species
– Brenton Zampatti, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
What results are possible when coordination and collaboration at a whole-of-catchment scale are achieved
– Alex Lewis, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
12:30pmLUNCH
1:30pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
Recovering small-bodied fish in the Lowlands
– Peter Rose, North Central Catchment Management Authority
Recovering small-bodied fish in the Uplands
– Luke Pearce, NSW DPI Fisheries
3:00pmAFTERNOON TEA
3:30pmWORKSHOP
Catastophe-Ready: getting ready for the next catastrophe
– TBA, NSW DPI Fisheries
4:45pmLet's get RADical! Share ideas for fish recovery that Resist change, Adapt to change or Direct change
– Siwan Lovett
5:15pmEND OF DAY 1 – formal proceedings
6:00pmDRINKS AND INFORMAL DINNER
– Lighthouse Belconnen
DAY 2: Tuesday 26 March
9:00amWelcome and recap of Day 1
PLENARY
Title TBA
– Jack Buckskin, Kuma Kaaru (online)
Indigenous knowledge and action at Ginninderry and actions for fish in an urban setting
– Tyson Powell, Gininderry Conservation Trust
10:30amMORNING TEA
11:00amCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
Recovering Icons of the Basin 1
– Jarod Lyon, Arthur Rylah Institute
Recovering Icons of the Basin 2
– Katherine Cheshire and Sam Davis, NSW DPI Fisheries
12:30pmLUNCH
1:30pmVisit to the Upper Murrumbidgee Recovery Reach (UMRR) at Tharwa with local champions:
– ACT Fisheries: Native fish, fish habitat and recreational fishing limits/conservation areas
– Andy McGovern: Cod fishing tips and best practise catch and release
– Andy Lowes: Forgotten River, flows and why the river is so important to the community
– Dan Starrs: Water quality and river health
– Brad Davies: Log jams, sedimentation and river restoration

Led by Antia Brademann, UMRR Coordinator
5:00pmBUS RETURN – END OF DAY 2
DAY 3: Wednesday 27 March
9:00amWelcome and recap of Day 2
PLENARY
The next threats to Freshwater fish - Pest fish not yet in the Basin and how they might get in
– Mariah Millington, Freshwater fish biologist
Carp control with and without the virus - what are the options?
– Jarod Lyon, Arthur Rylah Institute
10:30amMORNING TEA
11:00amWORKSHOP
Tools and techniques for combating pest fish, including screens
– Alex Lewis, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
12:00pmFORUM RECAP
Review of learnings across the 3 days and determine how to present this collective message to key decision-makers
– Siwan Lovett and Native Fish Recovery Strategy team
12:45pmLUNCH and INFORMAL NETWORKING
1:30pmWORKSHOP
Title TBA
– One Basin CRC
3:00pmEND OF CONFERENCE

Still deciding?
Why not check out some videos from the 2023 Forum in Dubbo.

Acknowledgement of funding: This project is funded by the Native Fish Recovery Strategy. The Native Fish Recovery Strategy is funded under the joint programs and coordinated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The joint programs promote and coordinate effective planning, management and sharing of the water and other natural resources of the Murray-Darling Basin.