Endangered hardyhead thrive in new home

Some Murray Hardyhead from recent monitoring.

Some Murray Hardyhead from recent monitoring.

The critically endangered small fish species Murray Hardyhead, which is surviving in a small pocket of the Lower Lakes has been reintroduced in New South Wales.

Considered extinct in NSW for more than a decade, there are only small pockets of the species surviving in wetlands in the Riverland and northern Victoria, as well as the lakes.

A small amount of hardyhead were moved to the wetland of Little Frenchman's Creek in NSW, and in a monitoring exercise in May it has been discovered that the fish has started breeding quite quickly in their new home.

SA Department of Environment and Water wetlands project officer Sam Hardy said the latest outcome was a positive sign for recovery of the species across the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

"We are happy to see our fish are helping boost the survival prospects for this threatened native species," he said.

The relocation of the fish was a joint project of many government departments as well as community groups and landholders.

The Murray Hardyhead has an amazing ability to tolerate water that is more salty than the ocean.