LINKING FLOW NUTRIENTS SEAGRASS & FISH: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO ESTUARY MANAGEMENT

Grant number: LP140100087 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

Completed

Abstract

Estuaries are iconic recreational areas providing both ecological habitat and millions of dollars in revenue to the tourism and fisheries industries. How estuaries respond to human pressures is highly variable with some such as the Gippsland Lakes succumbing to algal blooms, whilst other heavily nutrient laden systems such as the Werribee Estuary support extremely high fish populations. This project aims to lead to an understanding of the links between freshwater flow, blue-green algal blooms, and recruitment of a key fishery species, black bream. The outcome of the project aims to give catchment managers greater confidence in setting levels of environmental flows that will both support fish..

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