Fish ecology and the management of the Murray-Darling system

What happens when a TV fishing show follows two DELWP fish ecology researchers into the field? They get hooked!

Scientists Lauren Johnson and Annique Harris work at the Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research (ARI), one of Australia’s leading ecological research bodies.

They are part of an ARI team that is monitoring how returning woody habitat to the Murray River benefits fish. It’s a long-term program funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The crew from Network 10 TV program iFish originally planned a single episode about the research, but that soon expanded to four when the iFish team realised the rich science stories ARI had to offer.

Two ecologiists on a boat, font one holding a fishing net and the other steering the boat, the picture was taken at sunset

Our talented researchers are featured in episodes showcasing how fish ear bones teach us about our river management, what we’re doing to support the threatened Murray Cod, the ARI’s role in fish management and our up-and-coming generation of fish scientists.

These stories highlight the versatility and commitment of our scientists and show how science is informing management of the Murray-Darling system, with a broad television audience.

Annique and Lauren are part of ARI’s aquatic team, which boasts more women on staff now than it’s ever had before – an important point as we celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March.

IFish the new generation

Thanks to the iFish team for the video clip.

Reviewed 05 March 2021

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