Researcher Ana T. Silva recently presented results from SAFEPASS at one of the most important  international conference for fish passage. In HydroCen she, and other researchers, continue the work aiming to guide fish safely past hydropower stations.

Fishways are essential components of hydropower projects world wide and, this year, at Fish passage 2018 – International conference on river connectivity in Albury, Australia, research from a broad scope of disciplines was included.


Participants visited the Yarrawonga Weir Power Station fish lock at the Murray River.
Photo: Ana T. Silva

– Biology, hydraulics, environmental DNA, river management, social and societal aspects of fish and fishways were discussed, says Ana T. Silva researcher at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and project leader in HydroCen – Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology.

She presented results from fieldwork in the Mandal river in Norway:

The conference was also an excellent arena to have interesting talks with colleagues and old friends from around the world (from the left:  Dr. Paul Franklin (NIWA, NZ) Ana T. Silva (NINA), Dr. Martin Wilkes (Coventry University, UK )). Photo: Ana T. Silva

–I found it particularly interesting to talk to representatives from indigenous nations, and I welcome further cooperation between researchers and indigenous peoples, she says.

Phil Duncan, Member of the Gomeroi Nation, Aboriginal Cultural Training Coordinator, Macquarie University (right) handed Professor Antonio Pinheiro a Yidaki to take back to Lisbon in readiness for the next conference that will be held there in 2020.
Photo: Ana T. Silva

About HydroCen

HydroCen is a Research Center for Environmentally friendly Energy. Our goal is to develop knew technology and knowledge so hydropower can meet new challenges and enable the transition to a fully renewable energy system.

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