More research needs to be undertaken on the biology of this species, in particular relationships with alien predators and competitors, in order to better understand how best to conserve it (3). In addition, due to the specific habitat requirements of Banard’s rock catfish, special care must be taken in conservation strategies to maintain its preferred habitat of clean, fast-flowing water (3). The conservation of this species is linked with the overall management of the Olifants River system, and conservation of all three endemic Austroglanisspecies is of great importance in order to maintain the functioning of the small, endemic river community (3).
Discharge levels down the river and associated tributaries should be monitored to maintain the essential habitat for species such as Barnard’s rock-catfish (4). Further recommendations include a captive breeding programme in order to re-stock populations in the future (3).