The practical guide to modern fish-protection screening in Australia

Craig Boys, Tom Rayner, Brett Kelly, Katie Doyle, L.J. Baumgartner

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Abstract

This guide is for anyone interested in learning more about modern fish screens.

A modern fish screen is a physical barrier that prevents fish and debris from being drawn into a pump or channel when water is extracted from a waterway. Modern fish screens protect 90% of native fish and provide a reliable supply of debris-free water. This delivers a range of benefits for both biodiversity and businesses. However, it is important that the right type of screen is used. Screens need to be constructed with the right types of materials, installed to suit the conditions of an individual site, and maintained correctly.

This guide provides an overview of modern screens, their benefits and how they work. It introduces the key principles that need to be considered when planning a screening project. The guide is built on a decade of research and development by NSW DPI Fisheries. It represents a new best practice for Australian water users who want to help look after native fish (Boys et al. 2021). The guide is to be used in conjunction with the fisheries design specifications (Boys, 2021), which detail the standards that need to be met for a screen to be considered ‘fish-friendly’.

More modern screens being used means more native fish staying in the river and less debris entering infrastructure.

Modern screens are good for fish and good for farms.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNSW DPI
Commissioning bodyNSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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