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Degradation of habitat quality has had a significant negative impact on the numbers of fish, the resilience of fish communities and the sustainability of oyster production.
The decline in the abundance and quality of habitat in NSW over the past 200 years is well documented, and the links between poor habitat and water quality and reduced fisheries production are well established. The NSW Fish Habitat Partnership was formed in March 2014 to boost fish populations by coordinating efforts to improve fish habitat.
The partnership includes recreational, commercial and indigenous fishing organisations, the oyster industry, conservation groups and NGOs, the tackle trade, fishing co-ops and farming groups who all agreed to support the initiative. Founding members include:
The Partnership is encouraging activities that protect, restore and enhance the state’s fisheries by improving management of fish habitat. Through these activities, the NSW Fish Habitat Partnership expects to achieve sustainable environmental, economic and social benefits for the people of NSW. The NSW Fish Habitat Partnership will pursue four fundamental strategies:
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