Fish use of vegetated saltmarsh flats – gaps, methods and opportunities

Ms Violet Harrison-Day1

1University Of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Australia


Coastal saltmarsh wetlands are increasingly being recognised globally for their roles in providing nursery habitats and trophic transfer for fish and fisheries. Studies of fish use of saltmarshes have a high degree of variability in their aims, approaches and sampling techniques, partly tailored to suit habitat types (e.g. flats vs creeks) and plant communities (e.g. succulent herbs vs grasses). Given this variability, there is a need for a systematic review of the existing literature reporting fish use of saltmarshes globally, to document the sampling methods used, the spatial and temporal breadth of the literature, and the subtopics within this area of study (e.g. marsh restoration, food chains and fisheries) that have received most and least attention. The review that I report will form the basis of developing appropriate sampling techniques and study design to provide a detailed state-wide and year-round account of fish use of Tasmanian saltmarshes. The review will also assist similar studies in other regions of the world in filling the gaps in region specific data to inform management of fish and fisheries at multiple scales.


Violet Harrison-Day is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania.

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