ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Screens for Streams: Boosting native fish stocks through improved water extraction practices. (2019-2023)

Funding

NSW DPI-NSW Recreational Fishing Trust grant, $211,165

Researchers/investigators

Dr Tahmid Nayeem, Dr Nick Pawsey, and Professor Lee Baumgartner

Research theme

Biodiversity Conservation

Description

This project will support the coordination, evaluation and extension on initial efforts into fish screening in NSW by NSW DPIE to ensure a strategic approach is taken to maximise broad-scale adoption of fish screens.

ILWS marketing researcher Dr Tahmid Nayeem and Dr Nick Pawsey have been sub-contracted to undertake:

  • a socio-economic analysis - MER of economics, community perceptions, drivers and barriers to adoption. This is involving interviews and focus groups with a wide range of potential and current screen users (i.e. irrigation farmers, water businesses, Local land Services) and other stakeholders across NSW. The results of the research analysis of these interviews and focus groups will allow an understanding of the level of awareness of pump screening options; the economic, social and environmental drivers of adoption; the overall value proposition for different potential user groups; and help determine the most appropriate methods/channels of disseminating pump screening information to potential users and other stakeholders. Across the five year project an annual survey will be used to monitor screen uptake levels, awareness levels and screen user attitudes towards the benefits and challenges of screen installation and use. This analysis will be supplemented by on-going analysis of website and social media data.
  • a USA study tour. Oregon, USA, is regarded as a world leading jurisdiction for pump screen utilisation and a study tour will allow researchers to learn from international best practice and capture relevant insights from US pump screen users and manufacturers. As part of that tour, the researchers will attend a Fish Screening Task Force meeting.
  • development of communication strategy. A Pump Screen Communication Plan will be finalised within the first  24 months of the project.  The plan will be refined throughout the project in response to research findings and other feedback. In years 3,4 and 5 research outcomes will be presented at national conferences aimed at the fishing and/or agricultural sector.
  • annual updates to the Fish Screening Technical Advisory Group on impact and awareness monitoring.

Outcomes

The expected outcome of this project is a better understanding of pump screens and greater use which will result in less fatalities in native fish populations.

Contact:

Dr Tahmid Nayeem,

Albury-Wodonga campus

Email

December 2020