Fishways

Fishways

Native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin have suffered a decline in both numbers and distribution as their habitats decline due to drought, introduced fish species and water pollution.

Locks, weirs, and barrages stopped the free movement of fish along the River Murray, so we have built fishways into each structure.

The fishways are a series of connected pools in a gently sloping structure that allow native fish to migrate upstream, moving from pool to pool. National fish experts monitor the fishways to assess their effectiveness.

European carp

European carp cause the degradation of river systems due to their feeding habits. The fish regularly uproot native aquatic plants and stir up sediments. By removing carp from the river, we help protect native fish and aquatic biodiversity.

Our carp cage at Blanchetown's Lock One is an effective method of controlling European carp numbers in the River Murray. Operating since 2007, the cage traps carp while allowing native fish to swim underneath it. The cage is emptied at regular intervals and the carp caught are humanely euthanized, as it is illegal to return them to the river. The carp are processed by a licensed fisheries company and used in products including fish bait, cat food and fertiliser.

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  • 18/06/2020
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  • 18/06/2020 03:05 PM - We are attending to an incident in Arthurton with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 07505663.
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  • 06/08/2020
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  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 07/08/2020 07:30 AM
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    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Direk. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.


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