Fish River Station earns its name

Fisho Michael Hammond with a sooty grunter (black bream) caught in the spectacular Fish River Gorge. Photo: G Dally

Fisho Michael Hammond with a sooty grunter (black bream) caught in the spectacular Fish River Gorge. Photo: G Dally

Fish River Station in Northern Territory has well and truly been living up to its name with large numbers and a high diversity of freshwater fish species being hauled in by the Bush Blitz fish team.

Scientists from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and a ring-in, have been surveying the property’s wetlands, springs, streams and rivers, particularly areas that have not been sampled before.

While the large Daly and Fish rivers are home to amazing species like the freshwater sawfish and freshwater whipray, we were targeting smaller species like rainbowfishes, swamp eel and purple-spotted gudgeon.

Upland rocky creek on Fish River Station

Crystal clear waters in an upland rocky creek on Fish River Station. Seen here are blackbanded rainbowfish and western (red-tail) rainbowfish. Photo: M Hammer

So far the species fish tally stands at 27, with more work to be done back in the lab which will tell us whether the local species are different to those found in other catchments. 

Michael Hammer
Bush Blitz scientist

7.30 Report’s Darwin crew travelled to Fish River Station to share with viewers the Bush Blitz team’s discoveries. Watch their report here. 

Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia which aims to document the plants and animals across Australia’s National Reserve System.

Fish River Station is a new addition to the National Reserve System, having been bought for conservation last year by the Indigenous Land Corporation, The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group with funding assistance from the Australian Government and support from Greening Australia.

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