Reconnecting waterways to reconnect fish habitats
This event is an Engineers Australia webinar and organised by the Engineers Australia Sydney Water Panel.
A multidisciplinary research team has made important progress on the operation of a new type of fishway, the Tube Fishway, which promises to be a cost-effective alternative to existing fishways. This presentation will provide an overview of the Tube Fishway operation, including progress in attracting native Australian fish and lifting these fish across barriers of 4 and 8 m. It will further provide an outlook into upcoming field installations.
Fish populations are struggling world-wide and many native Australian fish species are threatened. While many fishway types have proved to enable some fish movement across low-head barriers, these fishways are generally expensive. For large barriers, mechanical solutions such as fish lifts are often unreliable, and manual trap-and haul systems may be the only reliable option. A new fishway concept, the Tube Fishway, is a promising, cost-effective alternative to enable fish migration across barriers with heights of 1 m to above 100 m. The operation of the Tube Fishway comprises attraction of fish, lifting of fish with an unsteady surge at near-atmospheric pressure, and the automated operation of the Tube Fishway in a simple sequence of valve operations.
Research has been conducted over the past five years to prove the operation of Tube Fishways under controlled laboratory conditions, showing that fish can be lifted without injury and paving the way for field installations. John Harris will critically reflect on the state of fishways in Australia and the journey to develop the Tube Fishway. Stefan Felder will then provide an overview of the Tube Fishway research over recent years and the upcoming field activities.
Online Event - Yes
Country - Australia
Name of contact person - Stefan Felder