Fish Passage Design and Monitoring



Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper, Fishway Consulting Services, Australia


Mr Tim Marsden, Australasian Fish Passage Services, Australia

Mr William Rice, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region, USA

Cost: $265 AUD / $190 USD                 Numbers: 20 – 40 Delegates


Each fish passage project is unique in design, application and site characteristics. This full day short course will give you a detailed overview of fish passage including identifying barriers, gathering knowledge from multiple fields such as hydrology, ecology, engineering, construction and management to successfully implement a fish passage solution.  The course will concentrate on low-level barriers and upstream passage but the background, design principles and methodology apply to any fish passage project.


The aim of this course is to give participants a whole-of-project look at fish passage at any site. Subjects covered will include.

  • Why do fish need passage? – Introduction to migration ecology. Why is connectivity within streams so important?
  • What is a fish passage barrier? – Identifying barriers at a site and catchment scale for strategic planning.
  • Types of fishways – identifying the application, strengths and weaknesses of different designs; relating these to different river hydrology, fish species and ecological objectives.
  • Method of fishway design – establishing principles of good fishway design; linking ecology and hydrology with hydraulics to develop practical, cost-effective, engineering solutions. Entrance design.  Overview of downstream passage.
  • How do you build a fishway? – Managing risk and quality control.
  • Fishway Commissioning – How to commission a fishway to ensure that passage goals are met.
  • Monitoring fish passage - We will cover the many tools you can use to determine how well a fishway is performing.