Habitat Projects

Healthy habitat is the foundation of a healthy fishery.

Pic: South West Artificial Reefs/ Recfishwest

Habitat restoration is our responsibility

A strong environment means strong fish populations, this is because fish rely on their habitat to provide essential resources and conditions. Recreational anglers have a responsibility to protect and improve the habitats we utilise.


RFSA have partnered with OzFish Unlimited to enhance the capacity of SA fishers to tackle fish habitat issues. With on the ground workshops, projects, and education clinics to improve fish habitat awareness. 

Want to get involved or have a project idea? Follow the link below. 

Change starts with awareness

Our goal is for all Australians to understand how critical healthy habitat is for our fish, no matter where they live. Some of the key benefits of quality fish habitat:

  • Provides cover to avoid predators and competitors
  • Offers refuge during storms, floods and droughts
  • Supplies abundant food resources
  • Supports reproduction & recruitment

Habitat degradation

Urban and rural development has resulted in the degradation of many aquatic ecosystems. This has caused substantial declines in the range and size of fish populations. Without intervention, changes to fish habitat are lasting.

Every one of us has the power to take control and turn the tide towards a more secure and productive fishing future for Australia. You can make a difference.

Reef for Recovery

“Reef for Recovery” is part of our snapper recovery program. This is in partnership with industry leaders in the development of marine habitat infrastructure.

The reef will be developed to target the specific life stage that is most at risk as identified by SARDI aquatic sciences. 

$200,000 has been approved and allocated to RFSA by state government to pilot the development and deployment of this project.


EOI: Re-snag the River

In 1855, active snag removal efforts were made in the Murray River to improve navigation of vessels throughout the basin.

“Snags” in the form of submerged logs, branches, and rock piles are critical fish habitat. For the iconic Murray cod, there are important nesting sites needed for spawning success. 

In 50 years, a single boat removed more than 3 million snags from the Murray Darling Basin.

RFSA is seeking expressions of interest from volunteers and partners in developing our “Resnag the River” campaign. 

Want to get involved as a volunteer or partner?

Follow the link below and let us know!

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