A new project is underway that will monitor the movement and habitat use of south-western Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Freshwater Cobbler. The project is a collaboration involving researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management and the Department of Water.
The Cobbler is a migratory species, and changes in river flow downstream of the Canning Dam may restrict their ability to move past numerous rocky barriers in search for food, shelter and spawning habitat. Drs Paul Close and Leah Beesley are supervising Matthew Long who is leading the research project as part of his Honours research project. Fifteen Cobbler are carrying radio transmitters that allow individual fish to be identified and located.
The research team is hoping to learn more about the iconic fish and whether current management of water releases will help sustain the Canning Cobbler population into the future.
Dr Paul Close: 9842 0833 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Leah Beesley: 6488 1698 email@example.com