Oral Presentation International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2018)

Exploring ways to deliver better fishway management (#64)

Justin O'Connor 1 , Matthew Jones 1 , Ivor Stuart 2 , Martin Mallen-Cooper 3
  1. DELWP, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia
  2. Kingfisher Research, Eltham, Victoria, Australia
  3. Fishway Consulting Services, St Ives Chase , NSW, Australia

Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the framework for government, in partnership with the community, to maintain or improve the condition of rivers, estuaries and wetlands so that they can continue to provide environmental, social, cultural and economic values and includes actions specifically aimed at fishway management in Victoria. This presentation discusses the history (and issues) with many of our current fishways and future fishway management in the context of the policy and actions outlined in the Strategy. Actions and approaches to achieve these outcomes include recently released guidelines outlining contemporary performance, design and monitoring of fishways in Victoria and exploring ways to deliver better fishways. These fishway guideline documents are intended to create a consistent approach to fishway management across the state and together with potential future management strategies will ensure improved river connectivity into the future.