Part 1 discusses how the wetlands combined with grazing were established and provides an insight into the type of fisheries improvement work, which can be implemented into ponded pasture operations. In particular fishladders, fish refuge pools and the managed control of wetlands plant life through improved grazing practices are discussed in the video.
Ponded pastures are lauded for their potential to be highly productive grazing areas and to produce out-of-season feed in rainfall dependent regions. Many of these pastures have been developed on coastal floodplains
adjacent to or on intertidal wetlands, estuaries, and salt marshes. This makes ponded pastures attractive nursery grounds for juvenile fish.
Due to their shallow, expansive nature, ponded pastures reduce in volume throughout the year. In drought years the wetlands may completely dry and fisheries productivity can be lost. Constructing large refuge pools is one way of maintaining fish populations through extended dry periods.