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Webinar: Victoria's diadromous fish and the effects of river flow on migration

Hear from ecologist Frank Amtstaetter on the life-history of several native Victorian fish species that have a diadromous lifecycle, meaning they move between fresh and saltwater to complete their lifecycle, and the effects of river flow on migration. This webinar was recorded on 20 August, 2020.

26 October 2020
Audio described version

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Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • two factors impacting the distribution and abundance of these diadromous fish species
  • remediation techniques used to moderate these impacts
  • results from research projects demonstrating the effectiveness of remediation techniques.


For further information and resources, visit the Arthur Rylah Institute’s webpage on fishways and fish movement.

About the presenter

Frank Amtstaetter is a senior research scientist at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research in Heidelberg, Victoria where he has worked for 12 years. His focus is investigating the effectiveness of environmental flows and barrier remediation in promoting our native diadromous fish species in coastal rivers. Prior to this role, he worked in Ontario, Canada for 13 years investigating the effects of various stressors on fish populations.

Melbourne Water and industry professionals have partnered to bring you Waterwatch ‘Expert Connections’, a webinar series connecting industry professionals with the volunteers, community groups and other practitioners working together to protect our waterways. View all events in this series.