The ACT Government has released a draft Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy (pdf). The Strategy outlines how the ACT Government proposes to conserve and manage ACT's waterways including action plans for seven threatened aquatic species:
• Two-spined Blackfish
• Macquarie Perch
• Murray River Crayfish
• Silver Perch
• Trout Cod
• Murrumbidgee Bossiaea
• Tuggeranong Lignum
I encourage everyone to read the draft strategy and send me your comments. However, the strategy is 249 pages long. To assist members in looking up the sections that relate to recreational fishing, I have attached a 19 page summary: Overview of sections related to fishing in the Draft ACT Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy and Action Plans (pdf).
The summary is a table setting out the page numbers, topics, and a summary of the contents of that topic. In some cases, the contents were simply copied and pasted (including any guidelines that related to recreational fishing). The summaries covering pages 84 to 103 simply copy and paste the threat mitigation and management guidance column of Table 7.4. That table also covers a description of the habitat and its condition, threatened species and major threats of each of the river sections covered by the draft plan.
You can find out more information at the ACT Government's Have Your Say webpage on the Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy.
Submissions close on 11 March 2018. If there is sufficient feedback on the draft plan from members, then I can start drafting a response on behalf of the Club. As the draft plan is a 249 page document, I will probably need at least two weeks to write a submission on behalf of the Club, so I would need everyone's feedback by Friday, 23 February 2018. I'll then look at whether we have enough feedback from the members to draft a submission.
Canberra Fisherman's Club