The Australian Government works with governments, communities, First Nations, recreational fishers and scientists to recover native fish populations in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Native Fish Recovery Strategy
We partner with Basin stakeholders to deliver the Native Fish Recovery Strategy.
Managed by the Murray—Darling Basin Authority, the strategy sets out a program of actions involving government, communities and industries across the Basin to recover native fish for future generations.
Learn more about the Native Fish Recovery Strategy.
Menindee and St George native fish recovery
The government committed up to $10 million in 2019 towards native fish hatcheries in Menindee, NSW, and St George, Queensland.
Independent assessments of scoping studies for the two hatcheries found that they would not be economically viable and provide limited benefits for native fish.
We’re currently working with key groups on ways to support fish recovery in these areas, including committing $2.3 million in November 2023 to develop a business case to build a permanent fish passage in in Menindee Lakes and the Lower Darling–Baaka.
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Funding for the Menindee and St George fish hatcheries was part of the government’s response to an Independent Assessment of the 2018-19 Fish Deaths in the Lower Darling (the Vertessy Report).
Learn more about our progress with initiatives to address the Vertessy Report findings and recommendations.