Help find Percy a home

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The ‘Big Fish Hotel Project' has a new face for the campaign - Percy the Estuary Perch.

The Big Fish Hotel Project is part of the Funds for Fish crowdfunding campaign that was launched on 13th February. This project is seeking support from the Warrnambool community, anglers, and local businesses, with the aim to build new homes for Percy and his Estuary Perch family in the Merri River.

Adam Bester, spokesperson for Funds for Fish says "The Warrnambool community may have seen a rather large Estuary Perch wandering around the streets of Warrnambool over the last couple of weeks. He even made an appearance at the Sustainability Expo".

"Sadly Percy is currently homeless and needs to find a home in the Merri River - where he belongs".

The community has really got behind this project and we are now two-thirds of the way to reach the $12,000 total and finding a new home for Percy.

"The funds raised will be used to place a range of new fish ‘hotel' habitats for Percy and improve river bank access to anglers and the community", says Adam Bester. "Fish habitats including logs, rocks, native trees and good water quality, are really important to help fish survive, grow and breed", says Mr Bester.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA will match dollar for dollar funds raised by the community using funding from the Victorian Government's Regional Riparian Action Plan and other government initiatives to improve the health of the Merri River.

The CMA is looking for more anglers, local farmers, conservation groups, schools, businesses and community to become involved in helping Percy, either by purchasing a ‘perk' or making a pledge through the crowdfunding campaign. A range of perks are available, including fishing licences, books, magazines, fishing accessories and experiences. Larger pledges will have the option of being promoted in local media and on the Funds for Fish website. There is even $1000 worth of fishing gear to give away.

"If you are interested in being involved we urge you to visit the campaign site as the project finishes on the 14th March. We need to reach $12,000 by this date to build Percy a new home and get him off the streets", says Mr Bester

All donations are fully tax deductible through the Australian River Restoration Centre.

To find out more on the project check out the Big Fish Hotel Project at https://fundsforfish.pozible.com/project/warrnambool-big-fish-hotels