One of the great things about ‘fishy’ people is their passion for continuing to share their expertise and insight into how we can better manage our rivers for native fish. Peter Jackson is well known throughout the fishing community in Australia and he has brought together some new information on how the whole of catchment Demonstration Reach approach can link to the commonly used River Styles Framework. This work arose as a result of a number of meetings across the Murray-Darling Basin to promote demonstration reaches and the availability of the ‘Finbox’ with potential practitioners.
During meetings in New South Wales, questions were asked about the potential relationships between the demonstration reach approach and the River Styles framework which is used extensively in that state. The River Styles framework provides a geomorphic template allowing a whole of catchment consideration of the spatial and temporal linkages of biophysical processes. Developed by geomorphologists in the Department of Physical Geography at Macquarie University, in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Land and Water Conservation, it is increasingly being used in a range of river management applications including identifying priority river rehabilitation sites.
In response to some of the questions and issues raised in these meetings, Peter has written an addendum to the ‘Finbox’ to provide further consideration of factors that may influence the choice of a demonstration reach site and, in particular, how the River Styles approach may provide a geomorphic framework for decision making. It does not provide a detailed description of the River Styles framework as this can readily be found by visiting the River Styles website (www.riverstyles.com).
If you would like to access the addendum you can download it by clicking on this link or on the picture below. To find out what else is in the Finbox, follow this link.