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Flow-MER Fridays – Webinar
Fish population diversity and abundance in the MDB

Presenters: Jason Thiem, Brenton Zampatti, Charles Todd, Ivor Stuart
When: 4th September 2020, 10:30am-11:30am AEST

Image: Murray cod. Photo credit: Arthur Rylah Institute

Webinar Topic: Fish population diversity and abundance in the MDB

The Fish Theme of the Flow-MER program will evaluate the contribution of Commonwealth environmental water to fish population diversity and abundance across the Murray-Darling Basin. The research program will include two innovative projects:

Research Project F1: Fish population models to inform Commonwealth environmental watering.
Research Project F2: Flow, movement and fish population dynamics in the MDB.

Using existing field data, these projects will apply cutting-edge techniques including: population modelling, acoustic fish tracking data and otolith (i.e. earbones) microchemistry, to answer questions about where and why fish move, and how best to provide environmental water to support key life-history processes.

In this webinar, we will discuss fish population models and integrated analysis of fish movement data to illustrate river system connectivity. We will explore two key questions:

  1. What is the contribution of Commonwealth environmental water to key native fish population processes, including movement, reproduction and survival at local and regional scales?
  2. How can this research inform environmental water delivery to enhance native fish populations?

This webinar will be a ‘tag team’ featuring Brenton Zampatti, Jason Thiem, Charles Todd and Ivor Stuart.

Register For The Webinar Here

Sampling a range of different sites suitable for native fish translocation. Photo credit: Scott Raymond

About Jason

Jason Thiem is a Fisheries Scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and co-Project Leader for the Flows, Movement and Fish Population Dynamics research project. Jason’s current research program is focussed on the abiotic drivers of fish movement, spawning and recruitment within the Murray-Darling Basin, with a strong focus on riverine connectivity.

About Brenton

Brenton Zampatti is the co-Project Leader for the Flows, Movement and Fish Population Dynamics research project, and a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO. He has worked for 25 years on the ecology of freshwater and estuarine fish across south-eastern Australia, including flow-related ecology and population dynamics, habitat requirements, and fish movement and passage.

About Charles

Charles Todd, at the Arthur Rylah Institute, is the Project Leader for the Flow MER Population models project. He develops software to assist with managing native freshwater fish and created the Murray Cod management model, as well as undertaking a comprehensive scoping study for applying the template of the Murray Cod management model to other fish species in the MDB.

About Ivor

Ivor Stuart, at the Arthur Rylah Institute, is the Flow MER fish theme lead and has worked on freshwater fish ecology across north and south-eastern Australia.

The Flow-MER program team acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners as the First Peoples of the lands and waters of the Murray Darling Basin. We recognise their unique ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to genuinely partner, and meaningfully engage, with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to support the protection of Country, the maintenance of spiritual and cultural practices and their broader aspirations in the 21st century and beyond. In particular we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the seven Selected Areas where Flow-MER research is focussed.

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