Current threatened species projects

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is involved in numerous research, conservation management and habitat restoration projects which contribute to the well being of threatened species.

Here you will find some information on some of the programs that the Department is running or is contributing to. Other organisations such as local councils, local land services, universities, fishing groups, landholders and conservation groups are also critical to the delivery of some of these programs.

If you are involved in threatened species management or research, or have an idea of a local project that you would like to tell the Department about, we would like to hear from you! Please send us an email to fisheries.threatenedspecies@dpi.nsw.gov.au

July 2017

A two year Murray Crayfish conservation stocking program commenced, with 200 Murray Crayfish being moved from an area where they are abundant to a site downstream in the Murray River which has suffered a significant decline in the local population.

Murray Crayfish are an iconic Australian species and are an essential part of the Murray Darling Basin ecosystem. They were once widespread throughout the Murray and Murrumbidgee catchments however have declined in range and distribution due to a range of environment factors, including a widespread hypoxic blackwater event which occurred during 2010 and 2011. As a result, Murray Crayfish are now listed as ‘vulnerable’ in NSW.

This is the first time a stocking program to boost the population of Murray Crayfish has been conducted in the Murray River in NSW. Another 200 Murray Crayfish will be released to the site next year along with continued monitoring to determine the success of the project.

The translocation project is being run by DPI in collaboration with Aquasave – Nature Glenelg Trust, the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and local fishing clubs

See Murray Crayfish for more information, including a video of the project courtesy of ABC.

May 2017

DPI Research staff confirmed that Macquarie Perch in a waterway near Oberon are breeding. This has confirmed that our conservation stocking of over 19,000 captive bred fish have established a new breeding population of the species in NSW. Surveys also confirmed that Macquarie Perch adults stocked into the Bolong River are also persisting. This project has taken over 10 years of effort to achieve this significant result.

See Macquarie Perch for more information.