The Cape Critical Rivers Project aims to help improve the conservation status of the many endangered or vulnerable indigenous fish species by directly addressing the above threats through a range of actions previously agreed with stakeholders.
This requires firstly, increasing the knowledge on indigenous fish biology and ecology, as well as on alien and indigenous fish distribution and spreads, especially in the Oorlogskloof-Koebee sanctuary.
An important aspect will be to identify strategies to ensure landowner cooperation in preventing further disruption of the riverine ecosystem and try to reduce the probability of further alien fish introductions.
A complementary part of this work will consist in developing a case study to try encourage sustainable water management amongst stakeholders, and identify strategies to improve cooperative water governance.
The project will also directly work to improve habitat conditions for indigenous fish species, and monitor and encourage compliance of the ecological reserve in the targeted catchment areas. Priority areas in Olifants Sandfish original distribution range will be identified and cleared of alien fish, allowing for re-introduction of the species.