The influence of hydrology and hydraulics on salmonids between spawning and emergence: implications for the management of flows in regulated rivers

I. A. Malcolm, C. N. Gibbins, C. Soulsby, D. Tetzlaff, H. J. Moir

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Flow regulation is a major constraint on fish populations in many river systems. Current scientific understanding of the direct and indirect influence of hydrology on salmonids between spawning and emergence is reviewed and used to identify key knowledge gaps. The review emphasises difficulties in linking ecological response to physical process understanding and, conversely, the difficulties in applying detailed process understanding to large-scale management. It is suggested that the lack of process understanding in the development of current environmental standards reflects differences in perspective, language and scale consideration between researchers and river managers. This presents considerable difficulties for the development of new and more defensible environmental standards. Although upscaling of process understanding should remain a focus for researchers, it is also necessary to acknowledge the ‘uniqueness of place’ and consequently that local data collection may frequently be required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-474
Number of pages11
JournalFisheries Management and Ecology
Issue number6
Early online date31 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012



  • Atlantic salmon
  • hyporheic
  • spawning

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