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Proceedings of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Native Fish Forum 2009

Over 170 delegates from around the Murray–Darling Basin were welcomed to the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Native Fish Forum in September 2009.

The Native Fish Strategy (NFS) for the Murray–Darling Basin was approved by the Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council in May 2003 and released in May 2004. The NFS provides a response to the key threats to native fish populations in the Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) and is designed to bring communities and governments together to enhance native fish populations throughout the Basin over the next 50 years.

The objectives of the Forum, then, were to:

  • achieve a broad understanding of the outcomes/progress of research and adoption projects and demonstration reach programs supported by the MDBA;
  • provide an opportunity for active engagement between members of the various taskforces and stakeholder groups set up to implement the NFS; and
  • provide a vehicle for cross-fertilisation of ideas regarding native fish management, including future priorities for research and on-ground management in light of what has been achieved so far.

The 2009 Forum proved to be a great opportunity to present a report card on progress, celebrate key successes in the early years of this fifty year strategy and identify a clear direction for the next five years of native fish management.