- Charles Sturt University to host expert speakers who will identify threats to Australia’s native inland fish, as well as possible solutions to ensure their survival
Charles Sturt University in Dubbo will offer a free public lecture addressing the key issues threatening native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The event - ‘Thinking Fish – Saving Native Fish in the Murray-Darling Basin’ – is part of Charles Sturt’s Exploration Series and will be held on Tuesday 25 February.
The sold-out event aims to generate discussion and debate about the issues threatening native fish in the 77,000 kilometres of rivers and waterways that run through Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and South Australia.
Guest speakers will include Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper (pictured), a Charles Sturt researcher and internationally recognised expert in fish ecology and passage; Mr Matt Hansen, a director of OzFish Unlimited and president of the Inland Waterways OzFish Chapter; and Mr Steve Starling, one of Australia’s best known fishing authors and experts.
Director of External Engagement for Charles Sturt in Dubbo, Mr James McKechnie, said the evening’s lectures would be delivered by people who love both fish and fishing, and would centre on big ideas which will ensure the future of species in the Murray-Darling Basin.
“The threats to fish in regional Australia’s waterways in recent years have been well documented and devastating,” he said.
“Charles Sturt University is delighted to partner with OzFish Unlimited and the Murray Darling Basin Authority to bring such a diverse group of industry experts together to identify and discuss possible solutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome members of the public to the latest in the University’s Exploration Series of free public lectures.”
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of OzFish Unlimited, Mr Craig Copeland, said the start of 2020 had been a disastrous time for fish populations.
“We know recreational anglers want information and to be involved in improving their local fishing grounds because they see first-hand the stress our fish are under,” he said.
“The lectures will be given by experts who are passionate and knowledgeable about fish and fishing, and will canvass how local communities can help protect and enhance fish populations in the Murray-Darling Basin.”
The event will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 25 February in room 202 of building 902 at Charles Sturt in Dubbo, located at 8 Tony McGrane Place.