NT: Protecting Waterways

Protect and maintain the health of waterways, including from the risk of introduced pest fish and plants from the aquarium trade.

Why it is important?

Pest fish and aquatic plants have the potential to impact significantly on the environmental, social and hydrological values of local waterways. Increasing community awareness about the risks of pest fish and aquatic plants can help to minimise their impacts and avoid any further release of these species to waterways.

Examples of Local Action

  • Monitor the sale of aquarium plants and fish to ensure species at risk of becoming invasive are not being sold eg. Amazon Frogbit, Bog Moss, Water Mimosa, Water Hyacinth.
  • Conduct control of tilapia in Tinaroo.

Contribution to Regional Priority

R-CM 9: Priority Waterways Restoration
Systematically and strategically conduct riparian restoration projects to improve the health of our region’s waterways, including the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

Local Landscape:

Northern Tablelands

Regional Theme:

Biosecurity, Water