How did the fish cross the road? A new innovation to get fish past culverts

Date: 05, Jun, 2019
Author(s):   Watson, J. R., Goodrich, H. R., Cramp, R. L., Gordos, M. A., Franklin, C. E.
Publisher: TSR Hub

Fish need to move to find food, escape predators and reach suitable habitat for reproduction. Too often, however, human activities get in the way. Dams, weirs and culverts (the tunnels and drains often found under roads) can create barriers that fragment habitats, isolating fish populations. An Australian innovation, however, promises to help dwindling fish populations in Australia and worldwide. Our solution, recently described in Ecological Engineering, tackles one of the greatest impediments to fish migration in Australia: culverts.