Habitat Enhancement Fund
Otago’s Habitat Enhancement Fund (HEF) programme provides advice and in some cases a financial contribution to landowners wanting to enhance fish and game habitat values on their properties.
This typically involves the creation of small wetlands or the fencing of important sportsfish spawning streams.
The HEF has been established from reparations collected as a result of non-compliance with hunting and fishing regulations. To date almost 20 applications have been approved across Otago but we are always on the lookout for more projects to support!
Interested landowners should contact Fish & Game to arrange an onsite visit from a Fish & Game Officer. We will provide general advice about how to enhance fish and game habitat values, survey the proposed site and assess whether the project meets the set criteria:
- Fencing and/or riparian planting of important trout or salmon spawning streams
- Wetlands that create dabbling duck feeding (shallows) and/or breeding habitat (with riparian cover bordering low gradient wetlands)
- Wetlands that have water level management to maximise dabbling duck feeding and/or breeding habitat
- Wetlands that create significant areas of open water waterfowl habitat
- Projects where resource consent is not required or has already been approved
If the project is determined to be suitable the landowner will be asked to complete a brief application detailing the works to be completed and an estimate of costs. The HEF can provide funding towards construction, planting and fencing costs.
If approved the grant will be paid on completion of the works, following a final site visit by a Fish & Game Officer.