Improving the design of irrigation infrastructure to increase fisheries production in floodplain wetlands of the Lower Mekong and Murray-Darling Basins

Craig Boys, Brett D. Pflugrath, Douangkham Singhanouvong, Oudom Phonekhampeng, Garry Thorncraft, Thonglom Phommavong, Phousone Vorsane, Khampheng Homsombath, L.J. Baumgartner, Tony Fowler, Brett Kelly

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Abstract

Irrigated agriculture is vital for the food security and prosperity of people in large river basins like the Murray-Darling and Mekong. Irrigation requires water-control structures in rivers, such as weirs, sluices and regulators. Many of these structures can have negative impacts on fish. However, these impacts can be reduced if structures are designed and operated in a way that is safer for fish. This report outlines the findings from a 4 year study of the hydraulic and biological performance of different irrigation weirs in both Las PDR and Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
PublisherAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Commissioning bodyAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Number of pages75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

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