CLARENCE Valley residents are being encouraged to get outdoors today to visit one of the area's wetlands.
The call has come from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority to coincide with World Wetlands Day.
Waterwatch facilitator Suzanne Lynch said the Clarence Valley was blessed with a magnificent waterway and encouraged people to experience its wetlands and understand their importance. Wetlands, once regarded as wastelands, were increasingly being recognised as providing important habitats for fish, birds and other wildlife.
"It is estimated that 70 per cent of the fish caught by NSW professional fishers depend on wetlands in estuaries for part of their lifecycle," she said.
"There are many different types of wetlands, some are permanently wet like Wooloweyah Lagoon and the Broadwater, others hold water for a short time during wet times.
"Other wetlands worth a visit, particularly now after the recent rain, are Cowans Pond (west of Grafton on the Gwydir Highway), the Everlasting Swamp (close to Lawrence at Lower Southgate) and the Upper Coldstream area (around Tucabia)," she said.