To review the diversity of on-ground recovery actions for threatened freshwater-fish in Australia, and examine patterns and issues that may guide future recovery efforts.
Type of Study:
Of the 428 on-ground recovery actions for threatened freshwater fish, most occur in southern and eastern Australia, especially the Murray-Darling. On-ground recovery actions were reported for 54-74 of the listed species. More than 80% of actions had some form of monitoring and 63% of these reported that goals had been partially achieved, even though no threatened freshwater fish have been de-listed and population trajectories are not usually reported. There are no protected areas for freshwater fish and emergency response recovery actions are increasing, while the scale of most actions remains small-scale and site-based.
Lintermans M. (2013) A review of on-ground recovery actions for threatened freshwater fish in Australia. Mar. Freshwater Res. 64, 775-791.