25-28 April 2019

Environment.

Healthy environment,
healthy waterways, BIG fish.

Preserving our natural asset.

At GoFish Nagambie we are passionate about the local environment and keeping our waterways healthy. We are full of pride when we talk about the Goulburn River – it is not only the jewel in GoFish Nagambie’s crown, but also one of the jewels in our State’s crown.

The river is the lifeblood of our ecosystem and local community. We are driven by our love of fishing for native species to work hard towards keeping our waterways healthy. Here’s how GoFish Nagambie is contributing to the health of the Goulburn River.
  • Man fishing in a river and holding a fishing net
  • Man fishing from a kayak
  • Two people fishing at a distance from a boat
Man holding up a Golden perch fish
Measuring a fish on a fish measure mat
Carefully holding a Murray Cod before release

Catch, measure, release.

GoFish Nagambie is a catch, measure and release tournament. The good news is that Australian and International research shows that most freshwater fish survive after release, and that catch and release fishing is effective for managing and conserving stocks. While these results are very positive, survival can be improved and adverse effects to river health reduced if appropriate catch and release practices are used.

Our Approved fishing methods page has more information on our best practice catch, measure and release used at GoFish Nagambie.

Carp Tournament.

European Carp, often referred to as the rabbit of our rivers, were declared a noxious species in Victoria in 1962. Carp are responsible for multiple environmental degradation issues. It’s their ability to overcome poor water quality, periods of dry waterways, and their filter feeding that make them an aggressive competitor for our native species. Like rabbits, carp are fast breeders, and can produce one million eggs by the time they weigh 4-5 kilograms; they can live for more than 30 years and grow to up to 50 kilograms in weight. Devastatingly, carp are thought to eat the fingerlings and eggs of some native fish.

To help combat this, GoFish Nagambie will have a carp competition as part of the tournament. 

Refuelling for boats.

Aerial view of a dinghy with anglers aboard

At GoFish Nagambie there will be convenient and carefully managed refuelling for boats. This is to ensure that we take care not to spill any fuel into the Goulburn River. The side effects of fuel spillage into aquatic ecosystems can have a huge impact on local biodiversity directly affecting water quality.

Cabomba.

Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) is a weed of national significance and is present in Lake Nagambie. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread and economic and environmental impacts. 

Cabomba is choking waterways like Lake Nagambie, but is not currently found in the main channel of the Goulburn River that passes through the lake. There are a couple of easy things us fishos can do to help prevent the spread of this nasty weed.
1.
Maintain rigorous hygeine with boats.
2.
Maintain rigorous hygeine with gear and equipment.
3.
Disposing of plants by drying and burning.

How can you help keep our waterways healthy?

There are number of ways that the local community and anglers can help protect native fish species in the Goulburn River. A few examples are listed below.

  • Find out about local fish populations
  • Observe catch and release best practices. Click here for more information
  • Get involved with local groups working on fish-friendly projects (eg. Conservation Management Networks, Rivercare groups, Waterwatch, landcare groups and recreational angling groups)
  • Support water saving initiatives
  • Get involved and encourage participation in fish and river health education programs
  • Observe fishing regulations

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