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Title:

Influence of freshwater flows on growth and abundance of Barramundi and Mud Crab in the Northern Territory

Project Number:

2015-012

Organisation:

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Principal Investigator:

Alison King

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$286,000.00

Program(s):

Environment, Industry

Objectives

1. Undertake ageing and biochronological measurement of barramundi otoliths and mud crab ossicles, and collate NT catch and environmental data (e.g. river discharge).

2. Develop rigorous, regionally specific empirical models to quantify the relationships between fisheries productivity and various metrics of freshwater inflow using advanced statistical techniques.

3. Provide research findings to industry and government for a scientifically defensible and robust basis for decisions on the future use of water in northern Australia in relation to fisheries resources.