The Murray River's ‘Sea to Hume Dam’ fish passage program: Progress to date and lessons learned


  • Jim Barrett,

  • Martin Mallen-Cooper

  • Jim Barrett is Convenor of the Fish Passage Task Force and Manager of the Native Fish Strategy, Murray-Darling Basin Commission (GPO Box 409, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia, Email: Martin Mallen-Cooper is the Principal Consultant of Fishway Consulting Services (8 Tudor Pl., St Ives, NSW 2075, Australia, Email: and a member of the Fish Passage Task Force.


Since its commencement in 2001, a program to facilitate fish passage on a major stretch of Australia's longest river has installed eight structures, testing and modifying their design as they go. What are the results so far and what are the implications for future directions?