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Jim Barrett

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Jim was the founding Director of the Native Fish Strategy (NFS) for the Murray-Darling Basin.   Prior to this he coordinated a National Management Strategy for Carp Control, and also co-authored a national research plan for carp control and a guide to enable regional community groups to prioritise carp management activities in their own catchment.

Jim has also managed national programs on feral animals, wildlife management, and a comprehensive reserve system for Australia.  In 1990-91 he co-conducted a Review into the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982, and participated for several years in on-ground initiatives to band migratory birds, tag turtle and eradicate rats on Australia’s small island territories. He was also the Secretary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Animals Committee, preparing Australia’s annual reports to CITES, and have represented both the Government and Australia on a range of national and international committees and task forces concerned with wildlife and natural resource management issues.

With the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service and Australian Nature Conservation Agency, Jim was responsible for the analysis of various wildlife management programs (to ensure that any harvesting/trade was sustainable), for both Australian and overseas species, as well as the analysis and synthesis of large and complex applications for acquisitions for a national reserve system, and applications for funding under a national feral animals program.

As Director of the NFS, Jim authored numerous papers on carp and other invasive fish in the MDB; the provision of fishways (including a program that has provided 2500km of continuous fish passage along the Murray river); and the design and implementation of large-scale rehabilitation reaches.

Since leaving the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) in November 2010, he has continued his interests in natural resource management issues both as a private consultant and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra.

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