Protecting our vulnerable fish

A fish that reportedly smells like a cucumber has influenced the building schedule of the new rail viaduct over the Maribyrnong River for the Regional Rail Link project.

Work on the viaduct had to be scheduled around the spawning and migration seasons of the Australian Grayling, a fish species listed as vulnerable under federal environmental laws.

The species is a small to medium sized fish, slender, silvery with soft ray fins and described as smelling like a cucumber.

Rivers like the Maribyrnong River are perfect habitats for the Australian Grayling, which breed and lay their eggs in fresh water but live their adult lives in saltwater.

The spawning season for the species is from May to July, and the juvenile migration season is from October to December.

For more information about the Regional Rail Link and works near the Maribyrnong River visit or call the community information line on 1800 107 925.

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