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Scope of Services

Professional services provided by James Cook University's College of Science and Engineering in planning and design for fish passage and aquatic fauna connectivity at small waterway structures. View our scope of services PDF for more information

For roads or other linear infrastructure projects, road corridor scale planning is undertaken to identify fish movement corridor crossings of the road and to establish the characteristics of road-waterway crossings and the goals for fish passage at these sites, including:

  • waterway characterization and habitat assessment
  • fish community assessment and fish movement
  • classification of fish movement corridors
  • fish passage provisions for priority crossings

Tully Murray floodplain Bruce Highway Corduroy Creek – Dept of Main Roads and Maunsell

Stuart Creek floodplain Townsville Port Access Road – Dept of Main Roads and Maunsell

University Creek Douglas Arterial Road duplication - Dept of Main Roads and Maunsell

Assessment of aquatic connectivity impacts is undertaken at a catchment or stream corridor scale in order to identify potential fish passage barriers, evaluate their significance, and assess priorities for barrier mitigation in the waterway. This typically includes:

  • reconnaissance level habitat assessment
  • barrier significance and connectivity impacts
  • mitigation options, effectiveness and feasibility
  • prioritization for barrier mitigation

Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Region fish passage prioritisation – BDTNRM and Alluvium

Burnett Mary regional biopass strategy – Burnett Mary Regional NRM and DPI Fisheries

Characteristic fish movement behaviour, waterway types, and structure configurations for Australian waterways require adaptation, design and development of fish passage devices suited particularly to these conditions. James Cook University's College of Science and Engineering is actively developing these as follows:

  • design objectives and multipurpose requirements
  • design and configuration of fish passage devices
  • fishway suitability and performance evaluation
  • fishway component design and fabrication

Offset baffle fishway for box culverts and pipe culverts

Cross slope offset baffle fishway for culverts and channels

Corner “EL” baffle fishway for box culverts

Corner “Q u ad” baffle fishway for pipe culverts

Block ramp fishway for culverts, channels and grade control

The James Cook University's College of Science and Engineering undertakes hydraulic laboratory testing of fishway designs and has established field prototype fishway facilities at several sites in Townsville and Brisbane to assist with design, construction and performance evaluation of the fishways, including:

  • concept design of fishway facilities
  • hydraulic laboratory testing and design evaluation
  • design and construction of prototype fishways
  • hydraulic & biological monitoring and evaluation

University Creek Discovery Drive box culvert fishways – James Cook University and Qld DMR

University Creek Solander Road pipe culvert fishways – James Cook University and Qld DMR

University Creek Douglas Arterial Road rock ramp – Dept of Main Roads and Maunsell

Cubberla Creek Moggill Road culvert fishway – Brisbane City Council

Fish passage design for waterway structures involves site scale assessment to establish the characteristics of the fish passage barrier and to define mitigation measures for aquatic connectivity and other multipurpose requirements for the site. This typically includes:

  • evaluation of hydraulic barriers to fish passage
  • fish passage design objectives and criteria
  • fish passage options and evaluation of suitability
  • design and configuration of fish passage facilities

Splitters Creek Heales Road culvert fishway – Burnett Mary Reg NRM Group and DPI Fisheries

Cubberla Creek Moggill Road culvert fishway – Brisbane City Council

Contact us

Ross Kapitzke, Environmental Engineer

Phone: 0402316404

Email: ross.kapitzke@jcu.edu.au