Western Australia’s mighty Fitzroy River has high environmental, economic and cultural significance and there is increasing interest in developing its substantial water resources for irrigated agriculture.
Important environmental values, such as the iconic barramundi, are likely to be impacted if the river’s natural flows or groundwater levels are altered. To minimise risks to these natural values, we need to understand how they may respond to potential water resources development.
This project will work in collaboration with the Australian and Western Australian Governments, Traditional Owners and pastoralists to improve the available information on the water needs of key natural values in the Fitzroy River. This knowledge will underpin future water allocation and planning decisions.
The primary aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the environmental water needs of key plant and animal species in the Fitzroy River to inform sustainable water planning and management decisions.
The project includes three major components:
The project will be focused on the Fitzroy River catchment in Western Australia. Most activity will occur downstream of Fitzroy Crossing.
|Use of otolith chemistry to trace life history variability in barramundi (presentation Dec 2018)|
|Palaeo-tracers: A brief overview of some chemical tracers used to reconstruct past aquatic environments (presentation Dec 2018)|
|Stable Isotopes, Fatty Acids and Compound Specific Stable Isotopes of Fatty Acids as biomarkers (presentation Dec 2018)|
|NESP Fitzroy update for Fitzroy Valley Futures Forum (presentation May 2018 )|
The project is being led by Professor Michael Douglas from The University of Western Australia (UWA). Professor Douglas will be assisted by researchers from UWA, Charles Darwin University, Griffith University and the Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation PBC, Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation PBC, Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation and Yi-Martuwarra/Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation PBC are collaborators in this research.
Professor Michael Douglas, UWA