Fishers to help build sustainable future for SEQ

Not-for-profit organisations, Healthy Land and Water and Ozfish Unlimited will hold a ‘Fishers for Fish Habitat’ forum on the Gold Coast on Saturday March 18 to engage recreational fishers in the protection and management of South East Queensland’s underwater habitats.

The forum is part of a national effort funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and supported by the City of Gold Coast and Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation. The aim of the forum is to encourage the recreational fishing community to get active in fish habitat protection and restoration.

Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water, said the health of fish habitats in South East Queensland had declined, with social, economic and environmental repercussions.

“Recreational fishing is one of the most economically and socially important leisure activities in South East Queensland, involving people from all parts of society,” she said.

“We are very excited to be working alongside Ozfish Unlimited and our local recreational fisher folk to better understand the values of our underwater habitats and our impacts on local fish stocks, and to build a collective vision of how we can better protect and restore these vital community assets.”

Director of OzFish Unlimited, Craig Copeland, said impacts on fish habitats can be addressed by actions such as removing barriers to fish movement, replanting riparian areas and improving water quality.

“It’s recreational fishers working on these projects that will make the difference. We get the most out of having a good place to fish so trying to help just seems like the right thing to do,” he said.

Director of Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation, Trevor Long said protection of fish habitats was key to the ongoing sustainability of our oceans and marine life.

“Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation is very proud to support this forum and continue the conversation with recreational fishers on how we can best work together to protect the amazing values and biodiversity of the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay areas,” Mr Long said.

The free forum is being held on the Gold Coast at Broadwater Parkland on Saturday 18 March. RSVP’s are essential and can be booked via the Healthy Land and Water events page.

Popular Stories

Healthy Land and Water 2018: A year in review

Explore News
2018 HAS been a momentous 12 months for Healthy Land and Water; a year filled with success and progress as we continue our mission to improve and protect South East Queensland's…

SEQ Rainfall and Flooding 2022 Recovery Grants - More time to apply!

Explore News
  The deadline to apply for an Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant (EDARG) has been extended to 10 March 2023!  Up to $75,000 is available for primary producers and $50,000…

New $25,000 litter program launched in Caboolture River

Explore News
A car tyre, election signs, chairs, fishing equipment, eskies and three large bags of rubbish were plucked from the Caboolture River during day one of a new waterway litter removal…

Get in touch

Healthy Land and Water is dedicated to the care of our unique and beautiful land, waterways and biodiversity.

  • Address: Level 19, 160 Ann Street Brisbane QLD 4000
  • PO Box: 13204, George Street Brisbane QLD 4003
  • Phone: (07) 3177 9100
  • Fax: (07) 3177 9190
  • Email:

We won't ever sell or rent your information. Read our Privacy Policy.
© Healthy Land and Water 2023