Investigating movement, distribution, abundance and diet to support management objectives for threatened riverine predators in Northern Australia (2014–2018)
The rivers and estuaries of Northern Australia are highly productive environments, containing an exceptional diversity and abundance of large predatory aquatic species. This project will monitor the movements, habitat preferences and diet in eight large predatory species in a Northern Queensland river over the next three years. Movement data will be combined with isotopic analysis to reveal how environmental and biological factors drive animal movements and impact habitat connectivity. In a world of vanishing top predators, it is imperative to understand system dynamics before we can evaluate the impact of species removal on ecosystem function.