Conservation Overview and Action Plan for Australian Threatened and Potentially Threatened Marine and Estuarine Fishes
About the document
This Conservation Overview and Action Plan has been prepared for the Natural Heritage Division of Environment Australia by scientists from the NSW Fisheries Research Institute and the Australian Museum.
It reviews the biological characteristics and conservation status of 114 species of threatened and potentially threatened Australian marine and estuarine fishes, and outlines some of the constraints encountered in carrying out the task.
Work on the project commenced in January 1999. The majority of the work was completed by September 2000, but editing continued until September 2001.
A specialist workshop, held in September 1999, brought together approximately 40 experts from government and non-government organisations, private industry and academic institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The main aims of the workshop were to discuss the proposed Australian conservation status of as many of the identified species as possible, and to attempt to reach consensus on a conservation status for each species.
Information from the workshop discussions has been incorporated into the species synopses where appropriate. Comments and advice were also sought from a wide range of individuals and organisations with expertise in fishes throughout the duration of the project.