Species - specific, flow - biotic relationships are increasingly being used to determine environmental flow ne eds in flow - degraded river systems. However, describing these relationships can be challenging, as other environmental variables may also influence biotic outcomes from environmental flows. This study evaluated the relationships between a range of environm ental covariates and spawning intensity of an assemblage of fish using a ten - year dataset in the mid - Murray River, Australia. Our hierarchical multi - species model , that incorporated factors accounting for imperfect sampling detection, demonstrated that tem perature was an important predictor of spawning intensity for all seven species studied, while both concurrent and antecedent flow conditions were important for a number of species. This suggests that both temperature and flow influence the timing and stre ngth of spawning for many species. We also compared the relative spawning outcomes across species using realistic alternative management scenarios; with the aim of optimising spawning outcomes for native fish, whilst reducing outcomes for non - native fish. This study highlights the benefits of long - term datasets for determining flow - biotic relationships, and demonstrates the importance of considering flow and non - flow factors in managing environmental flows.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics|
|Editors||JA Webb, JF Costelloe, R Casas-Mulet, JP Lyon, MJ Stewardson|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne, Australia|
|Publisher||The University of Melbourne|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016) - Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 7 Feb 2016 → 12 Feb 2016
Conference number: 2016
|Conference||International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016)|
|Period||7/02/16 → 12/02/16|
King, A. J., Gwinn, D., Tonkin, Z., Mahoney, J., Raymond, S., & Beesley, L. (2016). Does flow determine freshwater fish spawning in the Murray River, Australia? Implications for environmental flow management. In JA. Webb, JF. Costelloe, R. Casas-Mulet, JP. Lyon, & MJ. Stewardson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics The University of Melbourne.