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Water 2012, 4(3), 683-689; doi:10.3390/w4030683
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Mussel Spat Ropes Assist Redfin Bully Gobiomorphus huttoni Passage through Experimental Culverts with Velocity Barriers

1,†,* , 1,2
 and 3
1 Department of Marine and Environmental Management, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Private Bag 12001, Tauranga 3143, New Zealand 2 Scion, Private Bag 3020, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand 3 Waikato Regional Council, P.O. Box 4010, Hamilton East 3216, New Zealand Present Address: Department of Environmental Science, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren’ai Rd, Dushu Lake Higher Education Town, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou 215123, China
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 20 July 2012 / Revised: 24 August 2012 / Accepted: 4 September 2012 / Published: 14 September 2012
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Abstract

The application of mussel spat rope for enabling the passage of redfin bully Gobiomorphus huttoni through culverts, which create velocity barriers, was trialled in the laboratory. No fish were able to access the un-roped control pipes whereas 52% successfully negotiated the pipes in the rope treatments. The success of fish ascending treatment pipes suggests mussel spat rope may be effective for enabling the passage of this and other similar fish species through otherwise impassable culverts with velocity barriers.
Keywords: diadromy; fish passage; migratory; remediation; retrofit diadromy; fish passage; migratory; remediation; retrofit
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Tonkin, J.D.; Wright, L.A.; David, B.O. Mussel Spat Ropes Assist Redfin Bully Gobiomorphus huttoni Passage through Experimental Culverts with Velocity Barriers. Water 2012, 4, 683-689.

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