Wetlands Ecology and Management

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 201–209

Fish Assemblages in Three Tidal Saltmarsh and Mangrove Flats in Temperate NSW, Australia: A Comparison Based on Species Diversity and Abundance

  • Debashish Mazumder
  • Neil Saintilan
  • Robert J. Williams
Article

Abstract

Fish assemblages in three geographically distinct saltmarsh meadows and mangrove forests in the Sydney region were examined using fyke nets over three common sampling periods. The saltmarshes at Towra Point and Allens Creek, though of contrasting geomorphic setting, showed similar fish assemblages during spring tides, with relatively high diversity and abundance. The saltmarsh at Bicentennial Park, reclaimed from dredge spoil in the early 1960’s, showed significantly lower diversity and abundance. Fish assemblages in the three mangrove settings were each distinct, though with no significant differences in diversity and abundance between sites. The result raises questions about the efficacy of created saltmarsh as a compensatory habitat for fish.

Keywords

Fish assemblage Fyke net Mangrove Saltmarsh 

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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Debashish Mazumder
    • 1
  • Neil Saintilan
    • 2
  • Robert J. Williams
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Nuclear Geophysiology, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology OrganisationAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental Restoration and StewardshipAustralian Catholic UniversityNorth SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.New South Wales FisheriesCronullaAustralia

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