Fish Passage Design and Monitoring



Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper, Fishway Consulting Services, Australia


Mr Tim Marsden, Australasian Fish Passage Services, Australia

Dr Lee Baumgartner, Institute for Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Australia

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

Cost: $265 AUD / $205 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.