Re-connecting fish habitats

Water running through a V-shaped pre-fabricated rock ramp style of fishway at the Kyogle Weir on the Richmond River

This V-shaped rock ramp style of fishway at Kyogle Weir on the Richmond River was completed in 2017. Photo by: Matt Gordos


Fish need to travel along waterways to get where they need to go. They might move upstream or downstream to breed, find food or avoid predators. Fish may even move between freshwater and saltwater.

Barriers like weirs, roads and floodgates can stop fish moving along waterways. They are like road blocks to fish.

This action aims to help fish move around these barriers. It will:

  • focus on priority barriers that will connect the most habitat for fish
  • find the best solutions for these barriers
  • work with barrier owners to find effective solutions.

Latest news

Sites prioritised for restoring fish passage - Fish passage barrier sites have been identified and prioritised for restoration. Inspections of 18 sites have been completed. Works are progressing on two high priority sites in the Hunter River and Richmond River catchments.

Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI-F)


  • State Government agencies
  • Local Councils
  • Private organisations


To find out more, contact:

Scott Nichols -

Dr Matthew Gordos -

Page last updated/reviewed: 15 Jul 2020