A Review and Synthesis of Australian Fisheries Habitat Research


The goal of the FRDC "Ecosystem Protection Program" is to protect the Australian ecosystems upon which fisheries and aquaculture depend.

Harvests in these ecosystems vary naturally with seasonal and irregular environmental factors, such as El Nino events. However, increasing use of coastal zone resources -- such as freshwater, arable floodplains and waterfront land -- is also applying pressure to bay and estuarine harvests.

These disturbances can involve changes to drainage and habitat alteration, nutrient and contaminant inputs, and the establishment of exotic pests, weeds and diseases. Some fisheries, such as demersal trawling, also alter seabed habitats and communities.

There is still much uncertainty in predicting the effects on habitats and fisheries of these human-induced changes. This is often due to a lack of information and long term study. In other cases the problems are well-known and the challenges lie in implementing an appropriate response amongst the competing demands of different resource users.

This review aims to draw together the Australian scientific literature that addresses these threats and issues. It also seeks to identify opportunities for research and development to address them.

Volume 1   Non-Technical Summary and Table of contents
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olume 2   Scoping review
Volume 2   Issue 1: Natural Dynamics in Fisheries Habitats and Environmental Variability 1/3 (p 13-60)
Volume 2   Issue 1: Natural Dynamics in Fisheries Habitats and Environmental Variability 2/3 (p 61-120)
Volume 2   Issue 1: Natural Dynamics in Fisheries Habitats and Environmental Variability 3/3 (p 121-176)
Volume 2   Issue 2: Changes to Drainage and Habitat Alteration (p 177-240)
Volume 2   Issue 3: Nutrients and Contaminant Inputs (p 241-284)
Volume 2   Issue 4:  Effects of Harvesting on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (p 285-332)
Volume 2   Issue 5:  Introduced and Translocated Pests and Diseases (p 333-368)
Volume 2   Appendix (p 369-446)
Volume 3   Bibliography and Information Sources (p 1-148)