Journal article

Habitat use, movement and activity of two large-bodied native riverine fishes in a regulated lowland weir pool

Wayne M Koster, David R Dawson, Adrian Kitchingman, Paul D Moloney, Robin Hale

Journal of Fish Biology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

The construction of dams and weirs, and associated changes to hydrological and hydraulic (e.g., water level and velocity) characteristics of rivers is a key environmental threat for fish. These multiple stressors potentially can affect fish in a variety of ways, including by causing changes in their movement, habitat use and activity. Understanding how and why these changes occur can inform management efforts to ameliorate these threats. In this context, we used acoustic telemetry to examine habitat use, longitudinal movement and activity of two lowland river fishes, Murray cod Maccullochella peelii and golden perch Macquaria ambigua, in a weir pool environment in south-eastern Australia. We..

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