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Rainbowfish Conservation Fund

Displays images of three rainbowfish in dangerRainbowfish are colorful native species found in Australia and New Guinea.  Several species occur only in a small area and face major threats to their survival.  The Australian New Guinea Fishes Association (ANGFA) with help from Peter Unmack and Diversity Arrays Technology have been running several rainbowfish conservation projects in the last year.  The first project focusing on Running River Rainbowfish has been a great success so far with over $20,000 raised through our crowd funding effort.  Donations have made possible the genetic testing of 207 wild caught and captive fish, informed captive breeding using wild caught fish at the University of Canberra, and shipped offspring to Townsville for grow-out at James Cook University.  Those fish are currently being released to start new populations that will ensure the conservation of that species.

We need more help to conserve other threatened rainbowfishes like the undescribed golden bodied Malanda Rainbowfish and the Lake Eacham Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia eachamensis) as well as ongoing releases and monitoring of Running River Rainbowfish.  We have already began to map out the distribution of pure Malanda Rainbowfish and have translocated 740 fish to establish six additional refuge populations before the last wild fish disappear.

At this stage we need additional funds to help cover expenses to ship Running River Rainbowfish to Townsville that have been bred at the University of Canberra. We need to conduct more genetic research to help clarify the distributions of pure Malanda and Lake Eacham Rainbowfishes as both appear to be declining due to invasion by Eastern Rainbowfish (Melanotaenia splendida) exacerbated by broader changes to catchments and climate.  This genetic research is the only tool currently available that can reliably identify hybrids to ensure that any translocations are based only on pure fish.

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100% of your contribution goes to this project and donations by Australians are tax deductible.

You can read more about the history of our rainbowfish conservation efforts using the links below.

Read Rainbowfish on the verge of disappearing from Running River (published Dec 2015, pdf) PDF, 1004.3 KB

Read Update on saving Running River Rainbowfish (published Sep 2016, pdf) PDF, 1624.15 KB

Read Malanda Gold: the tale of a unique rainbowfish from the Atherton Tablelands, now on the verge of extinction (published Dec 2016, pdf) PDF, 5576.84 KB