The systematic map was intended to provide an overview of the existing body of literature addressing the effects of flow alteration on fish productivity in freshwater and estuarine fluvial environments. Our primary research question was: what are the effects of flow-regime changes on fish productivity in temperate regions? Through this systematic mapping exercise, we describe the quantity and key characteristics (e.g., study design types, interventions examined, outcomes measured, geographical locations, and fish taxonomic groups studied) of the available evidence, identify evidence clusters, and knowledge gaps. The systematic map also identifies subtopics that are sufficiently covered by existing studies to allow full systematic reviewing.

Project Collaborators

Trina Rytwinski – Carleton University, Canada

Meagan Harper – Carleton University, Canada

Jessica J. Taylor – Carleton University, Canada

Joseph R. Bennett – Carleton University, Canada

Lisa Donaldson – Carleton University, Canada

Karen E. Smokorowski – Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Keith Clarke – Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Michael J. Bradford – Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Haitham Ghamry – Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Julian Olden – University of Washington, USA

Daniel Boisclair – Université de Montréal, Canada

Steven J. Cooke – Carleton University, Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Staff – Richard Janusz, Andrea Doherty, Richard Kavanagh, and Brendan Spearin

Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab Members – Daniel Struthers, Shannon Clarke, D. Struthers, Emily Way-Nee, Teah Lizee, Jill Brooks, and Laura Elmer

Project status – Complete

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