Fish in the shallows of NSW south coast estuaries: variability and diversity of fish communities and the development of biological indicators for sustainability and biodiversity
University of Wollongong (UOW)
Ron J. West
Principal Investigator: R.J. West and M.V. Jones
1. To examine variability in the diversity and abundance of fishes within and between selected estuaries, coastal lakes and lagoons in southern NSW, including fished and non-fished areas.
2. To provide the first set of comparative data for the south coast region of NSW on the recruitment intensity for a large selection of economically important estuarine fish species.
3. To investigate the usefulness of these data as indicators of biodiversity and sustainability, and possible inclusion as performance indicators in management of estuaries.
4. To provide a comprehensive set of environmental data relating to each sampling location, including water quality and habitat quality parameters.