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Towards responsible native fish stocking: identifying management concerns and appropriate research methodologies

Russell, D.J. (2008) Towards responsible native fish stocking: identifying management concerns and appropriate research methodologies. Project Report. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

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Abstract

A major outcome of this project has been the identification and prioritisation of the major management issues related to the ecological impacts of fish stocking and the elucidation of appropriate research methodologies that can be used to investigate these issues. This information is paramount to development of the relevant research projects that will lead to stocking activities aligned with world’s best practice, a requisite for ecologically sustainable recreational freshwater fisheries.
In order to quantify the major management issues allied to the sustainability of freshwater fish stocking, stakeholders from around Australia were identified and sent a questionnaire to determine which particular issues they regarded as important. These stakeholders included fisheries managers or researchers from Federal, Territory and State jurisdictions although others, including representatives from environment and conservation agencies and peak recreational fishing and stocking groups were also invited to give their opinions. The survey was completed in late 2007 and the results analysed to give a prioritized list of key management issues relating to the impacts of native fish stocking activities. In the analysis, issues which received high priority rankings were flagged as potential topics for discussion at a future expert workshop. Identified high priority issues fell into the following core areas: marking techniques, genetics, population dynamics, introduction of pathogens and exotic biological material and ecological, biological and conservation issues.
The next planned outcome, determination of the most appropriate methodologies to address these core issues in research projects, was addressed through the outputs of an expert workshop held in early 2008. Participants at this workshop agreed on a range of methodologies for addressing priority sustainability issues and decided under what circumstances that these methodologies should be employed.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final report
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture > Fish culture
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery conservation
Deposited On:11 Nov 2011 04:03
Last Modified:06 Sep 2016 01:19

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