Last weekend we re-visited the once beautiful country hamlet of Marysville, devastated by bushfire on 7th February last year. Visit my previous post here and the one where we were about to evacuate, here.
Several groups, including the Australian Trout Foundation, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Flora & Fauna Scientific Division, representatives from the Murray Darling Basin Commission, Marysville Youth Incorporated and trout anglers had developed a joint project to re-vegetate the area around the fish barrier that had been severely damaged in the fire.
"The Victorian Government acted in the aftermath of the fires to protect the remaining Barred Galaxias by funding the capture of hundreds of fish at 8 sites and moving them to DSE's Arthur Rylah Institute research aquarium at Heidelberg. We know there are still some Barred Galaxias in Leary's Creek but we need this type of re-vegetation work to occur to help it recover sufficiently to support the return of the fish we removed more than a year ago," said Fish Ecologist, Fern Hames.
Above is one of the fish barriers that have been put in place to protect the tiny native fish, Barred Galaxias (Galaxias fuscus). It has been proven that they are prey to numerous species including redfin, trout, etc.
Steavenson River Barred Galaxias
On average they're about 7-9cm
but can grow to 15cm
300 trees were planted around Leary's Creek
next to Gallipoli Park by about 30 volunteers
Removing burnt branches
from Gallipoli Lake
A rewarding sausage sizzle followed
After lunch, DMJ gave a young lad
a flyfishing lesson and he caught
his first fish on a fly. The little trout
was released and DMJ presented the
fly to the boy to keep.
Marysville is slowly being rebuilt but it will be so unlike the heritage town it once was.
This little chap
had a wonderful time
off the lead!