Extensive research has been undertaken at AWMA's FlowLab to identify screening solutions that are suitable for Australian industries, conditions, aquatic life and fish species.
For screen solutions to be effective for native fish protection, they need to be designed to take into account the size, shape and swimming abilities of local species.
With this in mind, AWMA assisted fisheries researchers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Charles Sturt University to develop the first standardised design criteria for fish protection screens in Australia.
Experiments on a range of fish species and life stages began in November using a specialised screen testing facility installed within the AWMA FlowLab at Cohuna.
The experiments are being funded by the Ian Potter Foundation and the Recreational Fishing Trust to progress fish-friendly intake screening throughout the Murray- Darling Basin.
Pictured is Dr Craig Boys (NSW Department of Primary Industries) at the AWMA FlowLab Facility.