R. Wager and P. Jackson
Environment Australia, June 1993
ISBN 0 6421 6818 0
The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB) formed a Threatened Species Committee in 1987 with J. Harris as the convenor. The first Threatened Fishes List was published that year and has been updated annually.
At its 1991 Annual Conference the Society endorsed the formation of a formal Threatened Fishes Committee with the following composition:
P. Jackson, Principal Fisheries Scientist, Queensland Department of Primary Industries fisheries Division, Brisbane. (07) 239 3421
Curator of Fishes,
Western Australian Museum,
Perth, Western Australia.
(09) 328 4411
South Australian Department of Fisheries,
(08) 226 0693
Curator of Fishes,
Northern Territory Museum,
Darwin, Northern Territory.
(089) 824 211
Senior Scientist, Freshwater Ecology Branch,
Victorian Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
(03) 450 8624
New South Wales
Senior Fisheries Biologist,
Fisheries Research Institute,
Cronulla, New South Wales.
(02) 527 8411
Inland Fisheries Commission,
(002) 236 622
Australian Capital Territory
Senior Wildlife Ecologist,
Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Service,
Australian Capital Territory.
(06) 246 2127
Department of Primary Industries, Southern Fisheries Centre,
Deception Bay, Queensland.
(07) 203 1444
Marine and Coastal Section, Department of the Arts, Sports, Environment and Territories,
PO Box 787, Canberra 2601
(06) 274 1111
The coordinators in each state are available to assist persons wishing to nominate species for listing or delisting on the Society's Threatened Fishes List. The Threatened Fishes Committee meets once a year at the Society's Annual Conference. These meetings are open to all interested society members and attract lively debate on nomination.
At its 1991 Annual Conference the Society also endorsed the adoption of a nomination form for listing or delisting species. This form ensures that all information related to a nomination decision is formally documented for later reference (see below). Following the meeting of the Threatened Fishes Committee, the convenor presents a report to the Annual General Meeting of the Society for formal ratification. Society members may, and do, question the decisions of the Threatened Fishes Committee at this meeting, further ensuring rigorous debate.
The Threatened Fishes List is published annually in the Society Newsletter and is also forwarded to the Australian Committee on Live Fish for information.
Australian Society for Fish Biology nomination form for listing/delisting Australian threatened fishes
This nomination form has been put together to ensure that adequate data are available to the Threatened Fishes Committee regarding the listing or delisting of fishes. The onus is on the nominator to provide these data. In particular the evidence provided should include details of:
- Threats to the fish.
- Evidence of decline in numbers and/or distribution (maps, past and present, should be included where possible).
- The habitat needs of the particular fish. Wherever possible cite published information, otherwise name the authority from whom the information was obtained.
- If you believe a species is under threat or alternatively has been wrongly listed, please take the time to adequately document the case and help the committee make the right decision.
1. Name of nominated taxon
2. Proof that taxonomy of taxon is correct:
(Reference to an accepted text or report)
4. Present status of nominated taxon:
(ie endangered, vulnerable, etc)
5. Proposed Status:
6. Evidence to support eligibility for proposed status:
(Evidence must support the criteria outlined in the particular category, cite published papers, reports, etc wherever possible. Include details of past and present distribution in map form if possible. Is the decline in distribution continuing? What are the threats? What are the habitat requirements of the fish?).
7. Received by Convenor of Threatened Fish Committee
8. Committee's Decision
(Reasons for acceptance/rejection or more evidence required).
9. Ratified by Society