OATAO - Open Archive Toulouse Archive Ouverte Open Access Week

Thinking like a fish: a key ingredient for development of effective fish passage facilities at river obstructions

Williams, J. G. and Amstrong, Greg and Katopodis, Christos and Larinier, Michel and Travade, François Thinking like a fish: a key ingredient for development of effective fish passage facilities at river obstructions. (2012) River Research and Applications, 28 (4). 407-417. ISSN 1535-1459

(Document in English)

PDF (Author's version) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rra.1551


Worldwide, obstructions on watercourses have interfered with migratory pathways of fish species, reducing life‐cycle success and often eliminating diadromous fish species altogether from river basins. Over the last century, efforts to mitigate these effects were initially directed at developing fishways for upstream, high‐value migrant adult salmon. In more recent years, efforts have turned to developing fishways for other species. Results of past research suggest that the development of effective fishways requires biological knowledge of fish behaviour when encountering variable flows, velocity and turbulence, combined with hydraulic and civil engineering knowledge and expertise to develop facilities that provide ppropriate hydraulic conditions that fish will exploit. Further, it often requires substantial financial resources for biological and hydraulic testing as well as engineering design, particularly where prior knowledge of the behaviour of target fish species does not exist. Where biological or engineering knowledge (or both) is absent, development of effective passage facilities must take on a trial and error approach that will almost certainly require years to attain success. Evaluations of existing adult and juvenile fish passage facilities, where they have been carried out, suggest that migrant fish reject areas with hydraulic conditions they determine unsuitable. Even well designed fish ladders or nature‐like bypass channels for upstream migrants, even those with good attraction flows, will fail if incorrectly sited. Although progress has been made, developing successful installations for downstream migrants remains much more difficult, probably because downstream fish move with the flow and have less time to assess cues at entrances to any bypasses that they encounter.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to John Wiley & Sons editor. The original PDF of the article can be found at River Research and Applications website : http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1535-1467
HAL Id:hal-00967134
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > EDF (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Environment Agency Wales (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration - NOAA (USA)
Other partners > Office national de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques - ONEMA (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Washington (USA)
Laboratory name:
Deposited On:28 Mar 2014 08:38

Repository Staff Only: item control page