Threatened fish
research in
north-west
Australia...2013 onwards
www.freshwaterfishgroup.com
Current projects
• Kimberley Sawfish Tagging Study (King Sound
and the Fitzroy River) – State NRM
• Onslow Sawfish Tagging Study – Chevron
Australia
• Barriers to sawfish migration – Chevron
Australia
• Pilbara Inland Fish Guide and Documentary –
State NRM, Rangelands NRM
Kimberley Sawfish Study
• Population monitoring since 2001, acoustic tracking
since 2007.......
• Acoustic array still operational
• Strong community involvement through sampling
and tagging and tag reporting
• Over 400 sawfish tagged, movement and migration
patterns
Onslow Sawfish Tagging Study
• Commenced in 2011
• 42 sawfish (two species) tagged with
acoustic transmitters?
- >270,000 detections VR4-Global and VR2W
acoustic receivers
- Sawfish barriers
Onslow Sawfish
Project
z
VR2W Receivers
1209
VR4-Global Receivers
1628
914
19
1244
8426
6905
62753
85891
7408
2988
8643
74976
8399
Pilbara Inland Fish Guide and Documentary
• Funded by State NRM and
Rangelands NRM
• Production of a field guide, posters and
documentary – fish that utilise
inland waters
• Involving the community through
Rangelands NRM
• Follows on from a similar field guide and
documentary for the south-west
www.freshwaterfishgroup.com
Acknowledgements
We are grateful to all those people who have helped in the various projects along the way (including reporting tagged sawfish)