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Won’t anyone think of the Macquarie Perch?

By johnboy - 14 August 2008 30

Building dams is usually a tricky thing. People get touchy about flooding a valley and wonder where all the cute little animals will go.

Detailed inspection finds all sorts of endangered species which would probably also be found in the next valleys over if anyone was building a dam in them.

So expanding the existing Cotter Dam must have seemed like a great idea. The valley’s already been flooded by our less civilised ancestors.

The ABC, however, reports that there’s a problem:

    The dam is home to the last known population of Macquarie perch in the ACT and one of the few remaining viable colonies in the country.

Apparently they won’t be happy in the larger dam, because they need the reed beds currently fringing it.

Big brains are looking for a solution.

UPDATE: Thanks to Miz for noticing that this looks a lot like a consultation process for the Perch.

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Won’t anyone think of the Macquarie Perch?
peterh 12:54 pm 14 Aug 08

Headbonius said :

Introduce hybrid Tiger Trout and use it as a world class trout fishery, bring in tourist dollars, macquarie perch dissappear – end of problem of worrying about them at all. Hooray.

um, isn’t this our drinking water??

Headbonius 12:51 pm 14 Aug 08

Introduce hybrid Tiger Trout and use it as a world class trout fishery, bring in tourist dollars, macquarie perch dissappear – end of problem of worrying about them at all. Hooray.

miz 12:42 pm 14 Aug 08

So basically they are consulting the perch . . . that’s noice.

peterh 12:39 pm 14 Aug 08

I believe in saving the perch from shags. (how bad does THAT sound??)

Nobody is suggesting that people come second…only that they are trying to work out how to best help the fish deal with the change.

will there be perch counseling?

ROFL

Widdershins 12:29 pm 14 Aug 08

Oops, stuffed up link…

Widdershins 12:25 pm 14 Aug 08
Mælinar - *spoiler 12:03 pm 14 Aug 08

I can’t believe the Government hasnt tried to run with – ‘no its a demonstration dam, we’re not going to fill it’ yet.

justbands 12:01 pm 14 Aug 08

> So, actual *people* are second to some hithertofore unheard of critter?

Nobody is suggesting that people come second…only that they are trying to work out how to best help the fish deal with the change.

& I would have thought most people had at least heard of Macquarie Perch.

miz 11:58 am 14 Aug 08

So, actual *people* are second to some hithertofore unheard of critter? However, if this means they will be happier with a brand new Tennent Dam, go for it fish lovers, I say!

justbands 11:57 am 14 Aug 08

> I’ll reserve judgement on the “Save The Perch” campaign until someone tells me what they taste like……

Quite nice apparently….although I believe it’s illegal to take any from the water.

Doctor Evil 11:49 am 14 Aug 08

I’ll reserve judgement on the “Save The Perch” campaign until someone tells me what they taste like……

Mælinar - *spoiler 11:12 am 14 Aug 08

You’ll find no support for introduced species BT.

barking toad 11:10 am 14 Aug 08

What about the earless carp?

Bloody favouritism I say!

Thumper 10:54 am 14 Aug 08

The dam will take yonks to fill up and the reed beds will populate the edges as it does.

Nothing to worry about here folks.

The perch will survive, afterall, we’ve already dammed it once and they adapted to that.

ant 10:49 am 14 Aug 08

The report last night showed how two ecologists from CCAE ooops I mean Canberra Uni are trying to come up with alternatives for the Perch. They use the reeds to hide from Cormorants (AKA “shags”) who want to eat them.

They showed how these blokes are experimenting with reefs, and fake reeds made from pipes. They’ve tagged a bunch of Perches with transmitters and things so they can track wehre they are (and I assume that if a Cormorant eats one, the transmitter will go flying off) to gauge which protective mechanism is working.

I’m glad they’re looking at the effects of the increased water level on populations of organisms. The report was pretty interesting.

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