Students will research and define the term marine debris, understand the consequences associated with plastics in the marine environment and develop practical solutions either at school or in the field to address the problem.
Students will explore the management of recreational fisheries in Western Australia and interpret local rules and regulations using Department of Fisheries’ publications and website.
Students will investigate the role seagrass meadows play in providing an important nearshore habitat for marine organisms. They will also identify risks to the integrity of seagrass communities and investigate improved management strategies.
Students will investigate coastal erosion, what factors increase erosion and find possible solutions to coastal erosion. The presentation 'Examples of Coastal Erosion' is a related resource for this Lesson Plan.
Students will study the sustainability of the marine environment in an integrated literacy program, centred around the reading and comprehension of the books ‘Blueback’ and ‘The Deep’, written by Western Australian author Tim Winton.
In this series of lessons, students will read a variety of different articles that have been published in Western Fisheries and use this information to construct an exposition that encourages the protection of the marine environment.
Students will identify significant introduced marine species and investigate the impact to marine ecosystems and human infrastructure, specifically to Western Australia.
Students will read the book Jinormous Jack by Josephine Barrymore and illustrated by Steve Dance, and explore the Ningaloo reef ecosystem and biology of whale sharks.
Students will attempt to manage a sustainable fishery with pressures from increasing technology and fishing efficiency.
Students will begin to comprehend the complex nature of coastal zone and aquatic resource management, identify conflicting activities and apply a sustainable approach to hypothetical and real life situations.
Students will identify a range of risks associated with recreational fishing, implement strategies to reduce or exclude risks and develop a safe fishing plan for a future or hypothetical fishing excursion.
Students will understand the forces that influence tides and the significance of the Lunar cycle. Students will interpret tidal movement by analysing tidal patterns and predicted tide tables.
Students will investigate the phenomena of ocean acidification and test the effects of increasing acidity on shell-forming marine organisms.
Students will gain an understanding of the social amenity and economic benefits of recreational fishing to the community, and learn how to apply sustainable behaviours and attitudes when fishing and caring for the marine environment. Students will also learn skills
The ‘marine heat wave’ that was observed off the coast of Western Australia in the summer of 2010/11, saw ocean waters around the mid-west coast rise more than 3°C above average. Learn more about this event from this poster.
This poster shows the diversity of Western Australia's marine and coastal environments and the increasing number of activities that place growing pressure on the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Request a physical copy of this poster here.
This poster highlights the impacts of oversupply of nutrients in estuaries.
Dangerous migrants – marine species that are introduced into environments in which they do not occur naturally can become deadly pests and represent one of the greatest threats to the world's oceans and biodiversity. This fact sheet identifies some of
Tailor are one of the most popular recreational fishing species along the west coast of Western Australia. Learn more about what fisheries' scientists know of tailor from more than 15 years worth of data collection on this species.
The unusual-looking sawfish family are a type of ray and are therefore related to sharks. Found in both marine and freshwater, these predatory fish derive their name from their long snouts lined with sharp points. An identification and general information
The common blowfish or 'blowie', is abundant in estuaries and coastal waters throughout south-west Western Australia. While the blowfish will never win a popularity contest, it has an important role in marine ecosystems. The blowie is native to WA and
From 1 February, 2013 new recreational fishing rules apply across the whole of Western Australia.
Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, December 2009, pg. 6-11
Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, September 2009, pg. 6-11
Western Fisheries article, Jan 2008, pg. 48-49
A Day in the Life of… Jan St Quintin and Lee Higgins, Osteo-Chronologists, Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish, Apr 2010, pg. 16-18
Driven by a love of the sea and fascination for its largest fish, the elusive whale shark, Australian naturalist Brad Norman has created a worldwide photo-identification system which enables ordinary people to assist in conserving Rhincodon typus. Story: Julian Cribb,
Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Dec 2006, pg. 24-25
Western Fisheries article by R. Myers, Dec 2006, pg. 24
Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish, Dec 2009, pg. 20-21
Western Fisheries article by M. van Zellar, Jan 2008, pg. 14-15
The Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) was established 83 years ago. Eloise Dortch attended its annual conference held in Fremantle and found some of its most eminent speakers wondered whether in the future, there would be any coral reefs left
Imagine somebody’s dream holiday, slowly sailing a small yacht through the Indonesian archipelago, taking time to anchor, swim and fish in remote bays. The yacht crosses to the north of Australia and gradually works its way down the Kimberley coast
A high percentage of fish caught commercially spend some time in mangroves or are dependent on food chains which can be traced back to mangroves. With mangrove cover decreasing worldwide, Carmelo Amalfi reports on the state of Western Australia’s mangal
The concept of ‘regional marine planning’ is relatively new. Australia is among the world leaders in embracing this concept and now it is coming to a coast near you. What is it and how can you get involved?, Western Fisheries
Around 15 years ago, numbers of pink snapper in the inner gulfs of Shark Bay were on the brink of collapse. The Department of Fisheries initiated a comprehensive and long-term research, education and management program that is still ongoing today,
It’s estimated that the world’s oceans, particularly the virtually unexplored depths, could hold tens of millions of undiscovered species. But with fewer and fewer taxonomists to analyse, describe and classify new species, we may never know the full extent of
Western Fisheries article by M, Van Zeller, Mar 2009, pg.15
or How Sea Wrack Plays a Vital Role in Raising Fish Seaweed and seagrass washed up on the beach may look unsightly and smell even worse, but they provide a nutritional haven for many marine species. Steve Ireland explains
In the first of two articles about fish health, advanced technologies for detecting disease that could infect entire fish populations were explained. In this, the second of the articles, Steve Ireland explores the parallels between the methods used to keep
Watch the flowers bloom around your home this spring, then imagine the same wonder of nature taking place underwater in fields of seagrasses within snorkelling distance of the Western Australian coast. The shallow coastal beds shared by other unique marine
The West Coast Bioregion is home to a variety of fish species that live on or near the bottom of the ocean. These fish are termed ‘demersal’ species and include dhufish, pink snapper, baldchin groper, breaksea cod, blue morwong (queen
Western Fisheries article by M. Van Zeller Sept 2008, pg. 13
In the final of two articles on how marine species from other places made their homes in Western Australia, Steve Ireland looks at how marine invaders have turned up uninvited on our shores. Some have prospered, while others have disappeared
As with humans, the health of Western Australia’s South West estuaries and their fish populations is a balancing act – too much ‘food’ and all sorts of problems, such as algal blooms, can occur. Steve Ireland takes a look at
Significant technological advances in fishing equipment have made catching big fish easier and far more accessible for the vast majority of recreational anglers. But with more fishers better ‘armed’ than ever before, Ben Carlish looks at how this technology works
Referred to as the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs), the remote location of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is the key to their unique and spectacular marine biodiversity.
At 5,500 kilometres, the Leeuwin Current is the world's longest continuous coastal or boundary current.
Explore examples of coastal erosion worldwide. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Exposing Erosion' Lesson Plan.