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Bruce C. Chessman Do protected areas benefit freshwater species? A broad-scale assessment for fish in Australia's Murray–Darling Basin Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12104

Protected status probably has little effect on native fish in the Murray–Darling Basin because it does not, by itself, exclude threats such as alien fish and alteration of water regimes. My findings therefore support the view that reserves need to be designed and managed specifically for freshwater species if they are to be most effective in their conservation. In the Murray–Darling Basin, and in similar regions around the world, actions such as greater control of alien species and allocation of adequate environmental flows will likely be critical to enabling protected areas to realize their potential for aquatic conservation.

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