Action Plan for SA Freshwater Fishes

The multiple climatic, geographical and biographical regions of South Australia have a surprising diversity of aquatic habitat and corresponding richness of freshwater fishes – most places with permanent water have fish!

In fact, 60 native fish species (and 35 alien species) have been recorded in South Australia. Yet, a recent Action Plan for South Australian freshwater fishes (developed by Michael Hammer, Scotte Wedderburn and Jason van Weenen) paints an alarming picture with over half of the State’s species assessed as being threatened. The action plan is the first document of its kind and accompanying these conservation assessments is a comprehensive overview of issues and actions necessary to protect and restore populations of threatened species and ecological communities. The action plan is a resource that helps environmental managers (and ecologists) and community members alike.

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