Flood Recovery works start at the Thomson River Fishway

 

Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Work to restore impacts incurred at the Thomson River Fishway, during the June floods is set to commence this week.

“The flood in June mobilised a lot of material, particularly in the Thomson River. We saw large quantities of debris, mostly rock, fill up and effectively close the fishway. As part of our flood recovery program, works over the next few weeks will see the fishway cleaned up and re-opened to migrating fish, over the spring period,” said David Stork, Waterways Project Officer with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA).

“Over the next few weeks, we will have two machines on site, removing debris from the fishway and making it navigable once again. The crew will also do some repair work to walking paths impacted in June,” added David.

The fishway was constructed and opened in 2019, allowing access to the upper Thomson and Aberfeldy rivers to native fish for the first time in a century.

The Thomson River is one of the region’s most significant and ecologically important rivers, and the creation of a fishway to allow passage between the Gippsland Lakes to the Victorian alpine region is a state priority.

“We are keen to get these repairs done to allow fish to migrate upstream over spring. Since the fishway was completed in 2019, fish surveys have shown a return of migratory fish in the upper reaches, so we know the fishway is doing its job,” concluded David. 

On site work will commence in early October and, subject to weather, is expected to take between two to four weeks. Updates will be provided on the Thomson River Fishway facebook page.

Read more information about the project here.