| ||This special issue focuses on the actions undertaken to recover threatened freshwater fish in Australia. The papers describe the threats, responses, management arrangements and prognosis for a range of individual species or groups from a range of environments, and include a national review of all on-ground recovery actions for Australian threatened freshwater fish. Issues covered in the Special Issue include the adequacy of current recovery plans and processes, conservation in the face of climatic extremes, issues in engaging community interest and participation, management of invasive species, and integrating conservation programs across multiple agencies and jurisdictions. The importance of active partnerships between research, policy, management, and the community is discussed, and the timeframes, challenges and opportunities for freshwater fish recovery in a variable climate are explored.
The intent of the papers is to highlight successes and failures, and identify what management and research approaches have worked or show promise. It is now 20 years since the preparation of first national recovery plan for an Australian threatened freshwater fish, and it is timely to review progress and consider where fish conservation research and management might focus in the future.
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