Fish Passage 2018 - Conference Overview

The 2018 International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2018), incorporating the First International Symposium on Hydropower and Fish Management, will bring together Northern and Southern Hemisphere fish passage researchers and practitioners to exchange findings and experiences on fish passage issues.

Fish Passage 2018 will be of interest to researchers, educators, practitioners, funders, and regulators who have an interest in advancements in technical fishways, nature-like fishways, stream restoration and stabilization, dam removal, environmental flows and fish responses, and the myriad of funding, climate change, and other socio-economic related issues surrounding connectivity projects.

Fishways have been an essential component of hydropower projects worldwide. The First International Symposium on Hydropower and Fish Management has been incorporated into Fish Passage 2018 as a venue to provide opportunities for researchers, managers, and the hydropower industry to discuss and collaborate on key topics. A Special Issue of Marine & Freshwater Research will be made available at the conference for manuscripts related to the themes in the Hydropower and Fish Management symposium.

Fish Passage 2018 is a three-day conference with concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, management and monitoring techniques.  Key conference themes will include:  

  • 40,000 years of Australian fish passage
  • Hydropower and Fish Management Symposium
  • Fish passage challenges in developing countries
  • Fish passage for non-salmonids
  • Going with the flow – triggering fish passage with managed flow 
  • Life history movement patterns and fishway design
  • Environmental DNA and fish passage
  • Do we really need more fish passage?
  • The benefits of prohibiting fish passage
  • Cost-effective fish passage innovations
  • Policy: the Achilles-heel of fish passage
  • Defining what a “successful” fishway is
  • How to design a successful fish passage project
  • Updating fish passage monitoring
  • Reconnecting with floodplains & wetlands
  • Individuals to populations - quantifying connectivity
  • Downstream fish passage from top to bottom
  • Estuarine barrier passage
  • Cold Water Pollution mitigation – cold hard facts
  • Water extraction versus fish passage
  • Dam removal – weir to go now?
  • Corporate philanthropy in fish passage
  • Best practice diversion screening
  • Ecological implications of barriers on aquatic biota
The conference will also feature plenary talks, professional networking opportunities, and a poster session.  Independently offered short courses, workshops, and tours will be available immediately before and after the conference.
 
 

Hosted by

Charles Sturt UniversityNSW Government - Department of Primary Industries

Supported by

Australian Society for Fish BiologyGreat Lakes Fishery Commission

Exhibitors

VemcoVAKI Aquaculture Systems RIverwatcher

Biomark, Inc.