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Climbing for dummies: recommendation for multi‐specific fishways for the conservation of tropical eels and gobies

Lagarde, Raphael and Courret, Dominique and Grondin, Henri and Faivre, Laetitia and Ponton, Dominique Climbing for dummies: recommendation for multi‐specific fishways for the conservation of tropical eels and gobies. ( In Press: 2021) Animal Conservation. ISSN 1367-9430

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12699


Dams and other man-made barriers impair upstream fish migration and thus threaten fish populations that need access to upper river reaches to complete their life cycle. For many years, fishways have been used to mitigate this impact. Fishways around the globe are typically built based on recommendations made for northern hemisphere species, particularly salmonids. These recommendations do not consider the locomotor characteristics and skills of other species, especially those living in the tropics. Among tropical species, freshwater eels and gobies of the Sicydiinae subfamily are important cultural and economic species that are particularly sensitive to the impact of man-made barriers. Our experimental study aimed to test different substrates and slopes for ramp-like fishways adapted to tropical eels and sicydiines. Among the five substrates tested for 368 eels Anguilla marmorata, elastomer pins appeared to be the most efficient. Elastomer pins also appeared to be more efficient than the fine concrete which is currently used in fishways for sicydiines (Sicyopterus lagocephalus, N = 1797, and Cotylopus acutipinnis, N = 1303). The slope had a lesser effect on the climbing success of sicydiines compared to substrate type, except for gradients greater than 50° that induced a slight decrease in success. Our results indicated that ramp-like fishways fitted with 1.0 cm diameter elastomer pins, positioned in staggered rows with a diagonal spacing of 1.3 cm, wetted with low-flow and angled less than 50°, are well adapted to accommodate the different locomotor characteristics and skills of tropical eels and sicydiines.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03271245
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la MER - IFREMER (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - IRD (FRANCE)
Other partners > OCEA Consult (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Poitiers (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de La Réunion (FRANCE)
Other partners > Office français de la biodiversité - OFB (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de la Nouvelle Calédonie - UNC (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Perpignan Via Domitia - UPVD (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Agence Française pour la Biodiversité - Office de l’Eau Réunion
Deposited On:25 Jun 2021 12:58

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