Restoring once-thriving fish populations in the Logan and Albert Rivers.
Healthy Land and Water’s Fishers for Fish Habitat in the Logan-Albert Rivers project is protecting and improving vegetation and biodiversity in the Logan-Albert Rivers estuary.
The project is a collaborative and coordinated effort to restore the once-thriving fish populations of these iconic South East Queensland rivers tackling declining fish habitat on many fronts and in priority locations along the Logan-Albert Rivers.
About the project
- Habitat construction and restoration.
- Increasing fish habitat awareness.
- Promotion of the value of healthy marine and freshwater habitats and good water quality to marine life.
- Improving and protecting the condition of soil, biodiversity, vegetation in the Albert and Logan Rivers.
Why this project is important
The Logan – Albert River system between the Gold Coast and Brisbane has been heavily impacted by urban, industrial and agricultural uses. The river is also highly populated and is popular with many fishers.
The river plays a fundamental role in the lives of Logan residents with recreational and commercial fishing important features of the local community. Water quality is important to support both native fish diversity and abundance.
Improvement in riparian habitat is important in maintaining water quality, reducing sedimentation, providing shade and reducing water temperatures.
40 recreational fishers are participating in strategic on-ground projects that include the augmentation of 1.2 hectares of in-stream habitat, rehabilitation of 1 hectare of riparian habitat and restoration of 1.2 hectares of coastal saltmarsh. These projects will also increase awareness and adoption of land management practices among the community.
The project will involve:
- The establishment and monitoring of fisher access tracks and boardwalk through saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems, and installation of in-stream structures (fish hotels and snags) at Riddell Park.
- The installation of habitat structures, large woody snags and riparian vegetation at Scrubby Creek.
- Bank stabilisation and installation of large woody structures and revegetation at the Logan River Parklands.
- A shellfish reef restoration trial using recycled oyster shell to regenerate the once prevalent ecosystem will be deployed in Lower Albert.
- An OzFish Logan-Albert Chapter will be established, supported by the Central Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Chapters, to actively involve local fishers in the fish habitat enhancement.
The project will result in an improvement of fish passage and increase of fish abundance and diversity in the estuary.
This will be achieved by improving and protecting the condition of soil, biodiversity, vegetation and EPBC Act listed Threatened Ecological Communities in the Albert and Logan Rivers.
This project is funded by the Australian Government.
A Healthy Land and Water project, in collaboration with Ozfish and Logan City Council.