Aquatic Ecology Services

Aquatic Assessments and Research

Our freshwater aquatic ecologists are experienced and proficient in:

  • sampling and identification of aquatic mammals, fish, crustaceans, and macroinvertebrates in a range of aquatic environments. 
  • the use of survey techniques, including bait traps, seine and fyke nets, and backpack and boat electrofishing across a range of aquatic habitats (estuarine, riverine and wetland) throughout Australia. 



Our staff are accredited in the rapid bioassessment (RBA) protocol and the calculation of macroinvertebrate indices (SIGNAL scores and AUSRIVAS).


We have a strong background in research, and our staff have developed a range of monitoring techniques designed specifically for various aquatic environments throughout Australia. 

Field equipment and technology

We use the latest field equipment and laboratory technology to collect high quality field data. This data enables us to identify macroinvertebrates (excellent taxonomic capabilities) often down to species level. 

Aquatic assessment and research

We conduct aquatic assessment and research on several significant aquatic species, including: Australian Grayling Prototroctes maraena, Dwarf Galaxias Galaxiella pusilla, Murray Cod Maccullochella peelii peelii, and Yarra Pygmy Perch Nannoperca obscura

Key Projects

Staff regularly undertake sampling regimes (including instream assessments, and water quality and macroinvertebrate monitoring) to access the health and condition of waterways. Below are some of the projects where sampling has been undertaken:

  • Isaac River Project, Queensland
  • Raspberry Creek, Victoria
  • Environment Protection Authority RBA Project
  • M80 Ring Road Upgrade (Western Ring Road) (Thiess)
  • Mortlake Power Station Project (Origin)
  • Shaw River Gas Power Plant project (Santos)
  • The Victorian Desalination Plant (Thiess Degrémont)
  • Western Highway Duplication (VicRoads)



For further information, assistance and advice contact us on 9377 0100 or


  • Aquatic Habitat Assessments (instream flora, fluvial geomorphology)
  • Aquatic Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies
  • Aquatic Surveys (platypus, fish, macroinvertebrates)
  • Biomass and Fish Passage Assessments
  • Macroinvertebrate Sampling
  • Pest Species Surveys
  • Targeted Flora and Fauna Species Surveys
  • Water, Nutrient, and Sediment Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Waterway Condition Assessment (Rapid Bioassessment using AUSRIVAS, SIGNAL, Index of Stream Condition, Index of Wetland Condition)
  • Wetland and Riparian Condition Assessments
  • Wetland Hydrology, Flow Assessment and River Restoration


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