Fish friendly workshops for local government

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Workshops will look at ways councils can manage structures so they are friendly for fish and help keep waterways healthy.


Many popular activities on NSW waterways depend on healthy water quality and fish habitats.

Local councils play a key role in keeping waterways healthy. They oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of waterway structures like culverts and bridges and undertake works in and around waterways. Councils can make sure these structures and works are conducted in a ‘fish friendly’ way.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) is working with local councils to hold fish friendly workshops. The workshops look at ways councils can manage and build structures and undertake works in and around waterways that are friendly for fish and protect water quality.

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The first fish friendly workshop was held with Richmond Valley Council in August 2019.


A pilot of this program is underway on the NSW North Coast during 2019-2020. The program aims to expand across NSW in Stage 2 of marine estate management strategy implementation (post June 2020).

Lead Agency

Department of Primary Industries - Fisheries (DPI-F)


Locals councils on the North Coast that can partner with the fish friendly workshops, include:

  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Nambucca Shire Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Port Macquarie - Hastings Council


To find out more, contact:

Hayley Leczkowski, Project Officer – Water Quality
P - 6626 1381
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Page last updated/reviewed: 01 Apr 2020