Mussel spat ropes assist redfin bully emphGobiomorphus huttoni passage through experimental culverts with velocity barriers


The application of mussel spat rope for enabling the passage of redfin bully Gobiomorphus huttoni through culverts, which create velocity barriers, was trialled in the laboratory. No fish were able to access the un-roped control pipes whereas 52 % successfully negotiated the pipes in the rope treatments. The success of fish ascending treatment pipes suggests mussel spat rope may be effective for enabling the passage of this and other similar fish species through otherwise impassable culverts with velocity barriers.

Jonathan D. Tonkin
Senior Lecturer & Rutherford Discovery Fellow